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Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

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Site was broken yesterday

Search filtering/sorting gave zero results

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The Flash lives up to its name with a fast-paced pilot full of potential

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Fans will note several "Easter Eggs" when re-watching this.

Buildings labelled "Stagg Industries", A busted animal cage with the sign "Grodd", etc.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Screen all calls through an answering machine...

But make the sound of a Fax machine signalling that it's "Out of Paper" as your outgoing message.

Laws agains junk faxes are more strictly enforced than phone calls.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: I'm baffled

It seems that you've never played the game "Whack-a-Mole"?

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Similar on Radio news earlier.

Some guys in the UK have been charged with assorted Terror offenses including "On-line reconnaissance of a police station and military base", AKA using Google Earth.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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FAIL

Nothing is new under the sun

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTKJ-uYwULcUcgy6YO4AdOmvahzFzrDSSWeP5sf2Pj696QiXfad6A

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Re: "true dat"

"Google will be just fine with a micro sd slot."

Unlikely. Google want you to upload everything to their cloud, so they (and NSA etc) can scrape your data.

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Cops and spies should blame THEMSELVES for smartphone crypto 'problem' - Hyppönen

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Re: 2-part security?

Wipe would be initiated when phone _cannot_ see the security token.

Old school version would be the old "If anything happens to me, the information I have goes to the papers".

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Re: Google has since promised to do something similar with Android smartphones.

"Eh? Then what does the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt Device on my Android 4.1 phone do? Or the Settings -> Security -> Encrypt external SD card ?"

Nothing unless you switch it on. Which is what Google will do in Android L (default ON instead of OFF).

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2-part security?

Since Plod will take a phone immediately as evidence, but leave jewellery until a suspect is booked, auto-wiping might be achieved by pairing with an NFC ring ( http://nfcring.com/ ) or similar device.

If NFC ring <> connected then return phone to factory settings.

Placing the phone in an RF-shielded bag would obviously break the connection between phone & NFC device.

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NSA Sentry Eagle placed spies in private companies

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Not a lot of people realize...

Not a lot of people realize that El Presidente is only cleared to the red level of that graphic.

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Zippy one-liners, broken promises: Doctor Who on the Orient Express

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Quote wrong?

I could have sworn the Doctor said "It's the baggage car, but thanks for _lying_".

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Apple and GT: Sapphire glass is cracked, but still not broken

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Re: Time to don the old Tin Foil Chapeau

Well, it worked for Voda / EE vs Phones4U.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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DRM-Free Library

Books in my house are analog-only!

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Windows 10's 'built-in keylogger'? Ha ha, says Microsoft – no, it just monitors your typing

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Re: Playing Devil's advocate

But what guarantees have MS given that this "feature" will be removed in later builds?

Mine's the one with a tinfoil hat in the pocket -->

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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Re: Drebin?

I AM serious. And don't call me Shirley!

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Bored hackers flick Shellshock button to OFF as payloads shrink

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Re: Outcome as expected

You understood me perfectly. PCS, not so much!

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Outcome as expected

This is why patches should be issued ASAP, instead of waiting for the first Tuesday of next month.

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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"Then there's just the safety issues to address; personally I don't think H2 as a fuel is any more dangerous than LPG or petrol overall, but irrational public fears are still fears"

I don't know. You blow up one little zeppelin...

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: GDS...

"Probably it runs Linux, has been hacked, and is currently serving up phishing attacks and SPAM with most of it's bandwidth...."

UK.gov runs Windows, always has, always will (as long as the brown envelopes keep arriving from Redmond)

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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The real reason 9 was skipped.

MS Exec #1 - "Our next release will be Windows 9"

MS Exec #2 - "But MS Indonesia already announced 9 would be a free update for 8 & 8.1"

MS Exec #1 - "Bugger! We'll call it Windows 10 instead"

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Ice, ice maybe: Evidence of 'Grand Canyon' glacier FOUND ON MARS

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"Yeah, but at NASA these days it seems to all be about the ice"

That's because water ice = Oxygen to breathe & Hydrogen to burn.

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

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Obvious reason is obvious

Bonk fares are lower than cash ones.

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EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers

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Why bother?

Android (Don't know about Apple) has a data counter built into the settings.

I suspect it'll be more accurate than anything vendor supplied.

The same applies to "Orange Mail" - Android phones have to be tied to a GMail account anyway, so why bother with that either?

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Japanese volcano eruption reportedly leaves 31 people presumed dead

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Update

BBC now reporting "30 feared dead" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29399306

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SpaceX breaks ground on first commercial spaceport in Texas

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Re: OK, So it's in Texas...

Try Isaac Asimov's "Lucky Starr, Space Ranger" series.

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Virgin Galactic picked a better home base

Yes, I know this place is further south for extra free thrust, but VG's has the better name:-

"Mojave Spaceport" - (You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.)

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

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No one asked him the important question!

Did Apple start the "charge in the microwave" story to make the gullible buy 2 each?

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

"Actually, if you look at it, it seems "the electronics" is basically a cell-phone on the front. It's rounded like one."

That's because the display uses the screen from a Samsung Note 3.

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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Re: How to win friends...

I call OXYMORON. You used government & intelligence in the same sentence!

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

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Re: Sigh! ...Industry issue... not an Apple one...

Sadly, Nexus (Nexii?) don't have MicroSD slots.

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Re: nearly $1000

"But you can't buy a car that says "I'm a twat" for that price, though."

I'm pretty sure you _could_ get a used Audi for that much!

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NFC woes to come

I can see the banks jumping onto Apple Pay, and leaving Android handsets with NFC by the wayside as they have been doing since 2010.

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Hmmm,

Will this run on a VM I wonder?

+1 to buying this guy a pint!

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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The REAL problem with Scottish independance

HM Customs will be able to impose an additional import duty on whisky!

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Lucky me

These are all *@gmail.com usernames. I've always dismissed the "Convert your googlemail.com address to gmail.com" popup box.

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NASA said a 60ft space alien menacing Earth wouldn't harm us: Tell THAT to Nicaragua

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Obligatory Mythbusters quote:-

"When in doubt, C4!"

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A Terabyte in my HOUSE? Got more than that in my POCKET

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Re: Not really useful

Didn't see that bit. Maybe this will be worth looking at after all...

Pity the website doesn't actually list the so-called "compatible cameras".

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Not really useful

Why does no-one make one of these that can be WRITTEN TO using wifi.

It would be SO useful for a photographer.

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YES, I have ridden the UNICORN: The Ubuntu Utopic unicorn

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Re: Unicorn

No, it's just a coincidence.

The development codename is always an alliteratively described animal (Warty Warthog, Dapper Drake, Utopic Unicorn, etc) chosen by Ubuntu's SABDFL* Mark Shuttleworth.

The next codename will be chosen this month, ahead of next month's release and will be something like "Velvety Vole" or similar.

See https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DevelopmentCodeNames for details

*SABDFL - Supreme Absolute Benevolent Dictator For Life.

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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

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TL;DR

Apple to claim invention of NFC in 5...4...3...

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Steady on, there's no need for language like that, old chum!

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Feds salute plucky human ROBOT-FIGHTERS

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Laws need to be passed

Robocalls NEED banning in the UK.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Aviation geeks

Monkey Bob - try this site. It seems fairly comprehensive:-

http://www.airshows.org.uk/2014/calendar/uk-airshow-calendar.html

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Researcher snaps a Zeus hacker's photo through his webcam

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Bhatt missed a trick.

He should have replied to the phishing email by saying:-

"That's not the dead guy outside OUR office, Our dead guy looks like this" and attach the scammer's webcam feed URL

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Facebook wants Linux networking as good as FreeBSD

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Perhaps

Zuckerberg wants into Linux because few Linux Users are FacePlanters?

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Astounding: We're about to stick a probe in orbit of a COMET

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Re: Slightly speculative indeed

"Apart from the Apollo 12 rum incident, how often are harpoons launched in space?"

I believe you'll find your answer here:- http://xkcd.com/1402/

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

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Re: Hard Time Make Them Envious of Hard Disks?

"No doubt the 'recording industry' would like to sue me for not buying something to use in the player."

Give it time...

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