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Travelodge hacked, investigating

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Re: Maybe a coincidence

Ah, my favourite callers... Kept one of those busy for almost half an hour the other week. I did enjoy myself.

They even called back the next day, but I didn't have time to play that day. Now they don't call... I miss them and feel lonely and unloved.

Pity really, because I've now got a VM all set up and ready to run their dodgy remote access software (plus it has a few manually induced "faults" to keep them entertained).

Maybe I should give my details to Travelodge so I can get back in contact with them :-)

Incidentally, the last time they called was a couple of days after I had been dealing with an Talk-talk's Indian call centre - coincidence?

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Elite UK police agency website downed by Lulzsec

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DDOS...

A DDOS is only slightly higher up the "hacker" scale than the NOTW phone "hackers".

A DDOS is just flooding a server with more requests than it can handle. If I phone you on your mobile, your home phone and then knock on the door, all at the same time, then I have effectively done exactly the same to you as a person.

I only put the DDOS above the NOTW because to do it you generally need access to a large collection of machines and internet connections in order to generate the required volume of traffic from a wide range of IPs to make it work.

A real hack would be getting into things which are locked down and secured (so not mobile voicemails with a default password).

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Mink coat thief conceals booty down knickers

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Re; Re: Wow!

Ewwwwwww!

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Has UK gov lost the census to Lulzsec?

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Lulz twitter speaks:

"LulzSec

I'm not seeing "we hacked the UK census" on our twitter feed or website... why does the media believe we hacked the UK census? #confusion"

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Blimee...

Well given how the small print added by HM Govt allowed world+dog to delve into information which used to be kept secret for 100 years, it would come as no surprise to find that at least one of those departments leaks like a sieve.

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Bloke pissing in reservoir prompts 8m gallon flush

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OH NOOOOS!

Wait until they spot birds crapping in it... And the fish, have they no shame?!!!

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Refusal to unveil scuppers French refusal-to-unveil trial

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Surely...

IIRC, their ill-founded belief that covering is required by their religion, only applies to hiding themselves from men, so just stick them in front of a female magistrate. Slap with fine.

Simples.

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Go Daddy sued over email alerts

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Re: 1999 remember

There is another part (which doesn't seem to apply to US patents). The patent should not be for the "bleedin'" obvious (that's my phasing).

Sending a renewal reminder email is just a modern version of sending a mail reminder by post. Something which anyone who would like to keep receiving your money has been doing since the dawn of time.

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HTC U-turns over Desire Android 2.3 update

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@Tony Smith

You mean Flash, as in Flash memory, as opposed to Read Only Memory and Random Access Memory...

See the problem?

Your original article translated "memory" to RAM, which is dodgy at best, especially when dealing with non technical press releases from someone at HTC who probably doesn't have English as a first language! Chinese whispers in its most literal form.

Best to avoid using the word "memory", as it is completely misused by world + dog.

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Re: LOL

Actually Giles, they never said RAM, they said memory. El Reg were the ones who thought memory = RAM (n00bs!).

If RAM was the issue, the Desire Z, which is scheduled for Gingerbread + Sense this month, would be in trouble, it only has 512meg of RAM whilst the original Desire has 576meg.

I believe the issue (if it was technical, and not laziness) is/was with the flash storage, the Desire only has half a gig, the Desire Z has 1.5.

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Steve Evans
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Hey guys!

It's okay, I found some more memory, it was down the back of the sofa all the time!

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Citigroup hack exploited easy-to-detect web flaw

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@doperative

I have no idea, I notice even the most innocent comment can attracts down votes on here.

I probably upset someone on here and they now have some kind of petty down voting vengeance going on! Oh well, if it keeps them off the streets. :-)

Thanks for coming to my defence though :-)

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Not sure about the analogy...

“Think of it as a mansion with a high-tech security system – that the front door wasn't locked tight,”

Given that a valid login session was required, I think it might be better described as given a new resident the keys to their house, which happens to fit every other lock in the city if they care to go and try!

However you describe it, it's a pitifully bad way of securing any website, let alone a financial one!

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ARM exec: Open standards will make us all rich

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re: One Way to Start

"Admittedly, with the existing pool of Windows software, it's probably overoptimistic to think that the x86 architecture could just go away."

And the existing, even larger pool, of ARM devices isn't hardly going to go away either!

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Earth may be headed into a mini Ice Age within a decade

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Coat

Woohoo!

I'll wax up my snowboard, Scotland finally has a purpose!

Mines the breathable one with a snow skirt and flame retardant coating.

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Dam Busters dog dubbed 'Digger'

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Re: Boy?

Indeed, and that's where they got the audio for the cut... But they pasted it into every other occurrence of the dog's name.

That's ITV on a Sunday afternoon for you.

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Re: Why do a remake?

Actually, last time I saw the original one Sunday afternoon, I noticed Nigger had suddenly become "Boy"... A bit of cut and paste of the audio track by the PC police.

I can't remember what the code word had changed to, but it obviously ruined the whole relevance.

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Re: I'd like to complain....

I'm called Steve, and I dislike people not called Steve being known by my given name.

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Steve Evans
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I hereby suggest...

All Brits should look horrified and offended whenever they hear the name "Palin"... We'll see how well they like it back up 'em...

Oh hang on, we already do.

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Dolphin Browser HD

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re: new version

I just downloaded and installed from the QR, and the side swipe works.

Incidentally, Firefox mobile does this too.

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Steve Evans
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@Code Monkey and Lloyd

You should give it a try then, I just loaded it up and tested it for you...

Text-jiggling operational.

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Guy spills on girl in weird Huawei tablet teaser

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Also...

It seems to have a magically jumping red lanyard/cable which instantly swaps sides.

I bet the ipad can't do that.

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IATA: this iPad could BRING DOWN A PLANE

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RF interference

I find it hard to believe RF interference could down a plane given the amount of RF that you find round airports. I remember owning a cheap walkman which would buzz every few seconds whenever I was within a few miles of Heathrow. It was only when I got near the airport that I noticed the buzz was synchronised with the rotating radar pointing in my direction... I think it's safe to assume that planes are quite well screened or the airports would be surrounded by wreckage!

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Steve Evans
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Re: Good reason

I bow to your greater experience of aircraft accidents!

I still think they don't want you tangled up with the headphones though.

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Re: Well....

I believe I would be right in saying that a very large majority of people who *do* slam into mountains also remember absolutely nothing about it.

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Steve Evans
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Re: Skeptic

"Why don't airlines put the interactive entertainment system on straight away? Passengers would be far calmer watching a film during takeoff/landing."

I can answer that one for you... The most dangerous parts of a flight (apart from the in-flight meal) are the take off and landing. Therefore the cabin staff would much rather you were alert for their instructions about which side of the plane is not burning following the accident, than dangling there tangled up in your head phones still focused on Airport 77.

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Royston's ANPR surveillo-plan goes to ICO

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Yeah, right...

"We use ANPR to target criminals and unsafe drivers..."

No, ANPR cannot target unsafe drivers unless they are already known to you. They don't measure speed, they don't check if a driver has a licence, they can only tell if the car is taxed, MOTed and insured by someone.

You only have to drive down the A12 between the M11/A406 and A11 junctions to see what good the dumb cameras on boxes do. Everyone knows where the speed (sorry, safety) cameras are, and everyone drops their speed by 5 to 10mph as they approach each one. No big deal, everyone does that, but what the camera can't see is what happens in between, namely the idiots who use the lanes as a mobile chicane/slalom and accelerate down the inside of people as soon as they clear a camera like a rolling start motorsport event!

I keep meaning to blu-tac my mobile to the windscreen in video mode, it's only a short drive, and you're guaranteed at least one idiot (normally more though).

If I was a local traffic cop, with a quota and an unmarked car, I would spend my entire life on that stretch of road... Unfortunately we don't have many real traffic cops any more, we just have yellow cash machines, whoops, sorry, safety cameras.

So you can't target unsafe drivers with an ANPR camera, you can only target unsafe drivers you know, and you won't get to know them unless you have some real traffic cops about - or the idiots wrap themselves round something, or someone, else.

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Nokia takes the Facebook wall physical with NFC

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Curious...

The video seems to show a white N97 not only using NFC, but not crashing, throwing up weird errors or needing the battery pulled after attempting to perform a very basic function.

I wonder if they would be kind enough to share this magic firmware with those who were stupid/unfortunate enough to fall for the original marketing video and bought this damn lemon!

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A peek inside Apple's iCloud data center

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Indeed...

Incredibly non green, powered by coal fired electric, and not a single solar panel or wind turbine on site to even attempt a green wash.

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Hannspree Hannspad 10.1in Android tablet

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Hmmm...

It has bluetooth and wireless, so you could just tether it to your Android phone if you need a data connection.

The big questions I found hanging are:

- It has their own app market, does this mean it *doesn't* have the Android one?

- 2.2 is for phones, so when will it get 3.n?

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Germans completely humourless: Official

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@Ru

I remember reading somewhere that the German's see a lot of English humour and subtleties as equal to lying... Such as the famous incident with the 747 pilot who lost all four engines in an ash cloud and came over the tannoy to say "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We have a small problem. All four engines have stopped. We are doing our damnedest to get them going again. I trust you are not in too much distress."

I guess the German expect you to be honest in these situations and come over the tannoy shouting "Achtung, veee have no engines, veee are all going to die!!!!!"

I think I'd rather be on the BA plane, if I'm going to die I'd rather not do it stressed!

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Spot-the-fake site launched

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Official retailers...

I find official retailers continually frustrating.

Only the other day I was trying to find a particular item, and starting from the manufacturers site I visited the various official retailers. Many of them only carried a small part of the range (sods law means that would not be the part of the range I was interested in) and some of them didn't show anything by that manufacturer at all!

I eventually resorted to amazon and google shopping.

The links to retailers are only any good if the manufacturers actually look after them and check them, something which my experience shows is sadly lacking.

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FBI affiliates hacked by LulzSec

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"this sort of baptism of fire only favours security firms offering protection consultants at vastly inflated hourly rates"

Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this guy one of the vastly inflated hourly rate consultants?

Note: If running a security consultancy, and getting hacked, keep head down, patch holes. Don't start shooting your mouth off and having a public bitch fight! Aka, when you hit rock bottom, don't continue digging!

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German cops unleash corpse-hunting vultures

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Hmmm...

Being the scavengers that they are (the vultures, not the cops), I fear the German police might end up finding far more road kill and discarded picnic sandwiches than corpses.

As for eating the evidence, that's easy, you just need a remote detonator button, and some spare vultures (I suspect they might have already thought of this idea given that they have 3).

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Gordon Ramsay menaced by enormous TURKEY

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@Such as

Lady hole (loads of those).

Badgers mount

However, given the subject matter, Curry Mallet would be my favourite.

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Blimee...

I wonder what medication they had to use on Gordon to get that horribly restricted "outburst" from him at the end?

Never (well not since Pete Beale in Eastenders) has someone looked so uncomfortable with such a pitiful list of approved expletives.

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HTC Sensation dual core Android smartphone

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Battery battery battery!

Why all this urge for more power, are all smart phones sold to Jeremy Clarkson?

My Desire Z only has a little 800Mhz CPU, and it's fine. It works great, but I really wish the battery life was better.

Unfortunately instead of trying to make a smart phone which could do a good two or three days of use (as was common with the old Nokia Symbian phones - RIP), everyone seems to be trying to out-bling each other and Apple with *cool* effects, and then having to beef up the CPU to make the new animations run smoothly! If you really want something to out do Apple, make a phone that can last 48 hours of real use! I wouldn't care if it was a bit thicker, or heavier. Not having to wonder where the next power socket is, and being able to just use my phone as a smart phone wherever I am, without having to do mental arithmetic about power consumption of the web browser/GPS vs how long it is before I get near a power source first, would be perfect!

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Microsoft becoming Apple with Windows 8 control freakery?

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Holmes

I don't blame them...

MS pick up a lot of stick for crashes and BSOD on windows PC, 99 times out of 100 the problem is caused by crappy drivers. They tried to introduce driver signing, but that just resulted in the approved drivers being so out of date, nobody wanted to use them.

In the PC world the BSOD is damn annoying (although thankfully getting rarer), but MS are dominant in the desktop PC market, so they aren't too worried.

Now they are trying to break into a market where Apple are dominant. Like it or not, one thing Apple phones and pads do is work. They might be annoying, frustrating and controlled to an extent which would make an anal retentive blush, but one thing they don't do is go *BORK*. MS really can't afford to pick up a reputation for machines that go *BORK* all the time. The solution, only approve a restricted selection of hardware. That way they can keep on top of the drivers, and I guess hold a big "If you don't sort out this problem, you'll be off the next approved list" hammer over the manufacturers.

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Stealth-cam software snaps laptop looter

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Re: @Steve Evans

That's grim.

The cops are really going to have to start taking this kind of information seriously or with the current crop of GPS enabled devices, people are going to start taking the law into their own hands.

What would be perfect though would be getting his online banking details, log in, transfer the value of the stolen goods (plus a little bit for your trouble) into your account and tag them with "payment for stolen laptop".

Bet he would never report that!

I'm rather lucky in that a close personal friend is a cop, and he's rather old school when it comes to dealing with crims, he loves nothing more than a good scuffle with a few broken bones. He calls it job satisfaction. So that would be my first phone call.

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@AC

Wiping the machine was probably your downfall. He either skipped it as faulty, or passed it onto someone more technical. Most probably the former.

Best thing you can do in this kind of situation is keep your head down and harvest everything you can from the guy. The cops far prefer the old "caught him red handed with the stolen goods" than anything complicated and technical.

I confess, I would probably Frape him a bit just for the giggle.

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Barnsley clamps down on foul-mouthed fu*king locals

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Hmmm...

"The ban is apparently aimed at attracting more shoppers into the centre of Barnsley

I hope they have some good discounts on, I wouldn't fancy getting slapped with a fine for my usual reaction to the list price of some products!

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Personal jetpacks and solar-powered ships

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re: Er...

You silly billy, he could have dismantled his mast, and used it to fashion some oars with the solar panels as the paddles.

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re: The wind isn't always there when you need it.

Ummm, neither is the sun ;-)

At least when there is no wind, you have some nice clam weather to sit about in

Glad you bobbed back intact.

Now go fix that engine!

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Solar power on a ship....

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure there are already some very tried, test and successful non-fossil/nuclear ways to move a ship through water...

Oh what are they called...

Damn my memory...

Oh yes, sails!

So stop messing about on the water (a clipper ship would embarrass you if you happened to meet one) and focus on getting enough panels onto a practical car!

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Chicago lawyer deploys distractionary dumplings

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Christina Hendricks....

Oh... No... sorry, I've gone again.

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Steve Evans
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Sorry....

Did someone say something, I got distracted by boobies.

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Android app sales skimpy, sluggish, slack, scanty...

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@Gary F

Yes, Android 2.2 supports tethering.

I agree, that's an annoying omission by both Google and Apple. I've had a long line of Nokia devices which would tether straight out of the box, and I used them for that on several occasions when I had no other internet connection. I remember using an N70 in 2005. I think the 6600 I had before could do it too via irDA, but I don't remember using it.

I don't understand the more money than sense iPhone users either. I can see the 3GS being justifiable now that they're old stock and almost free with a pack of cornflakes, but the whole "must be at the cutting edge, here's my wallet" urge completely escapes me when it comes to mobile devices these days.

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Vatican crackdown at Rome's Playboy Mansion-style monastery

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GOT IT!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61cxvXxqeEA

Skip to 4:40, unless you speak Italian and want to listen to a nunn talking.

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McKinnon's mum applauds Obama extradition stance

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Indeed...

Everyone calls it the V for vendetta mask, but if you read the book, the mask worn is described as a Guy Fawkes mask.

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Fourth Euro star truck christened Albert Einstein

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Re: nasty gases

A lot of time is spent ensuring that things on board do not release nasty gases. Astronauts will unfortunately produce some smelly, but non-lethal varieties, but you've got a limited supply of oxygen, so you can't just go venting it into space just because someone has been on the sprouts!

Given that washing facilities are also rather basic, I think it's pretty certain that a space station does get pretty smelly.

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