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Zuck off, Zuck: Brit duo's JustDelete.Me nukes clingy web accounts

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Re: Impossible sites?

No, but a whole bunch of people replacing their name with "Cockmeister McFuck", and their profile picture with dongcopters and other such loveliness might prompt the site owners to allow deletions. Even if not, it's a funny form of protest that leaves the offending site in an awesome state for future viewers.

Of course if it's a site where the owners are not likely to be offended by such imagery, you do a bit of research and find something that will offend the site owners.

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Impossible sites?

Just how offensive or pornographic (or offensively pornographic) can you make your content before you get the banhammer?

More than one way to skin that cat.

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Apple’s iOS 64-bit iUpgrade: Don't expect a 2x performance leap

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Re: Exactly - with a modern multitasking OS this would do really well

OSX is proper Unix. Not Lunix.

GNU's Not Unix.

Never has been, never pretended to be. Why does it have to be?

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

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Re: But... but... but...

It also states "as part of a well-regulated militia", but it's funny how many people forget that part.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Where Next?

Unless all you do is write letters and other not-very-demandingt stuff, 64 bit CPUs do provide more of an advantage than just accessing more RAM. Being generally faster for the same clock speed would be the main one.

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For example, the iTunes Music Store gave the major labels the long overdue kick up the bum they needed

Wasn't that Napster?

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Windows 8.1: Microsoft's reluctant upgrade has a split-screen personality

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So...

Now there's a useless start button that does nothing, what's going to happen with the start menu replacements that put their own start button in?

Aha, now I think I see the plan. Well fuck you, too.

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US plaintiffs can seek damages over Street View data slurp - court

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Re: Yawn

What is it with crap analogies?

It isn't a car. It isn't a house. It's a router. Lots of routers in fact. That were left in public mode. The public used them. This is not difficult to understand.

You want another crap analogy? You just bought a bus, stuck "10A Liverpool" on the front of it, painted it up in Arriva's livery, stopped at the bus stop, opened the door, shouted "don't worry everyone, it's free today", and now you're acting all surprised that you got a boatload of passengers expecting to find themselves in Liverpool City Centre via Rainhill.

Unencrypted routers are public routers. Get that through your skull, and encrypt yours if you don't like that. It's not hard. As for exploits, that's a different kettle o' fish, and quite clearly a case of trespass if you've done anything more than ping the thing and ask for its capabilities (which is, duh, just what Google did). Encrypted routers are private routers.

Why the hell do idiots make things so much harder than they need to be? And why are so many supposedly smart people acting like complete fuckwits over this? Kick Google because it's Google? Yeah, real smart move, that.

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Re: Yawn

Except this isn't a house being burgled. It's a router that has been left in public mode.

Surprise surprise, the public used it. Victim my arse. Encrypt your router. No ifs, no buts, get it done. Why the hell should the courts back you up because you've thrown your network open to the public to use and they've used it?

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Re: Are all Americans this dumb?

However, sticking an antenna out of the window, setting your CB rig to channel 19 and hoovering up every transmission in a 5-10 mile radius is not illegal.

And neither should wardriving be.

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Re: Yawn

See that would assume that I regard wardriving as inherently wrong in some way. I really don't see what they did that's so awful. Drove around with a boatload of cars running Airodump? Well fuck me, lock 'em up, throw away the key.

Or alternatively, lern 2 WPA2. It'll stop Google from snarfing your passwords, AND the hackers that are probably already raping your unencrypted connection.

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Yawn

Would have been nice if the court would have said something like "just delete the data and we're happy."

I can see this turning into something similar to PPI and whiplash injury claims, where an increasingly small percentage of claimants were actually mis-sold PPI or really do have whiplash. Really, you just shouted your unencrypted username and password into the street with a megaphone, and it's Google you want to sue for it?

To anybody that does: Get a brain.

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Corel re-animates zombie brand for patent case

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Destroy all patents. Start again.

This system ain't fixable, ain't curable, and requires a mercy shot to the head before it fucks anything else up in its rabid writhings.

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First rigid airship since the Hindenburg cleared for outdoor flight trials

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Because unless any enterprising and rather ballsy Somalians get a bit daring with lawn chairs and weather balloons, it's rather unlikely?

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BBC releases MYSTERY RIDDLE poster for Doctor Who anniversary episode

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For some reason, I'm looking at that poster and thinking of the original Mercenaries game.

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Dyson takes Samsung to court in UK over vacuum cleaner

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Re: RE: If Dyson is so rubbish why do they sell so much ?

Judging by the couple of broken Dysons that a friend has had, it's certainly bollocks of some kind or another.

Also Dyson did not invent bagless vacuum cleaners. The guy did however, take an already-existing technology - that of using cyclones to separate stuff - and stick a hose on the end. There's plenty of bagless designs that are basically a solid dust container with a filter at one end. While some manufacturers might have had a razor blade business model with the bags, nowhere near all did.

I still remember le Mother's old Goblin quite fondly. Of course, now it's a Henry.

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Re: I really dislike dyson

If you are British why on Earth would you want some South Korean knock off company to destroy a British company?

A British company that shut up all its UK manufacturing facilities and shipped the whole lot over to Asia?

I don't see the difference, myself.

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Fancy a new iPhone 5C or 5S? READ THIS or you may not get 4G data

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So I gotta wonder why you can't just have one damned phone variant with its SDR chippery, and have the thing scan around until it goes "oho, there be mobile signals in these bands"?

Maybe two variants if regional frequency variations are so wide that you need separately tuned antennae, but really, ten?

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John McAfee tweets from BEYOND THE GRAVE: Drug binge death? Not me, mate

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Re: The Indestructable John McAfee

The only solution I found to work consistently was a good ol' re-image

And the first thing the shop-bought branded box does after you've nuked the hard drive and re-installed the factory image from the oh-so-impossible-to-corrupt-and-infect sooper-seeekrit hidden partition?

"Please register your free trial of McAfee..."

Damn.

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For PITY'S SAKE, DON'T BUY an iPHONE 5S, begs FSF

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Re: bad taste

There's a difference between wishing someone dead, and dancing on their grave.

Whether ol' Jobbie deserves that or not I guess depends on your opinion of the guy. I guess Stallman doesn't like him too much. I could think of a very few people who I'd happily tap-dance on the coffin of, but they're a little closer to home than Cupertino.

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Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

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Re: Ready made module???

So.. trolling for free bits, making it cheap, so that Lester & Co can afford more beer?

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A hacky solution

Spektrum receivers have a little light on that indicates "signal OK", or at least my ones do.

Photodiode/photoresistor auto-autopilot switch as a backup for whatever channel you're reserving for "let me take control"?

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Re: Reprogramming

What have the MoD got to do with it?

Not sure, but this is the same person that suggested turning LOHAN into a conventional rocket. Uhm, while completely forgetting the "autopilot itself back to base" part of the mission.

I guess building missiles is okay, but sticking wings on them isn't.

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Re: Pushrods!

I'm pretty sure an off the shelf Yagi is already available to connect directly to the transmitter.

I've heard there are some excellent parts for this available on the potato snack shelf of your nearest food emporium. I'm also told that it's impossible to stop, once you've popped.

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Re: Pushrods!

Also: If the Rx or your version of the APM has removable components

They're using a 2.4ghz setup. These things tend to hop around the band hunting for empty frequencies, which removes one of the other killers of 35Mhz gear: Interference on your chosen frequency (you also remove the loose-crystal risk for free).

Though personally I prefer Spektrum over Futaba for that stuff. Something about using two frequencies and having dual linked redundant receivers appeals to the geek in me.

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Re: Reprogramming

Then maybe you'll realize this isn't a toy and you are building a prototype cruise missile weapon.

And it should be banned, am I right?

Congratulations. Now law abiding people can't make automated toys. The sort of people interested in building explosive UAVs on the other hand, can continue to do so as they have been able to for years.

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Five SECRET products Apple won't show today

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Re: @AC 09:48 (Java security on Android)

didn't Oracle sue them as they lifted loads of code from the original Java?

Tried and failed. AFAIK, the headers were copied (ie: function names/declarations), but the implementation is all Google.

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Brit and Danish boffins propose NSA-proof crypto for cloud computing

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However, multiple containers and plausible deniability do provide some help, even against the ol' rubber hose. Look see, there's the password. It validly decrypts the file. I told you that was just a load of furry pr0ns. Why the hell else do you think I encrypted it?

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Re: Political Correctness Gone Mad

Josephine.

Admittedly "Jo" is more usually used as the female version. However, this is the 21st century, and it takes allsorts to make Bassetts.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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for example, it's known that paedeophiles have code words, such as "hobby" which refers to a child

And some of them are even known to disguise themselves as whole schools!

I think I can respond to this with "give me a fucking break".

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Off topic

Firefox and Flash. There's your problem.

No, really. Block Flash from running on Firefox unless it's needed. Your computer will love you for it. Myself, I just uninstalled the plugin completely. Chrome gets used for the occasional Flash game or Youtube video that absolutely must show ads, and therefore can't use the html5 player. It also seems to have a better Flash implementation in general. At least, it doesn't turn into a computer-destroying jerkathon.

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Re: No OTG? No memory card?

Unfortunately seems standard with Nexus devices.

Want more storage? Buy a new device or buy storage on our servers.

Yeah. No.

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Re: re OTG

I have a Transformer TF201 here that very much does support plugging USB thumbsticks and hard drives into the keyboard's USB slot. It also seems pretty good with mice, keyboards and, to a lesser extent, control pads and joysticks. Asus also provide a rooted ROM for you if you wish to use it, however the blurb is very clear in stating how it's not supported, and that if you break it, it's your problem.

You'll find most fondle-toy devices are the same way, whether the manufacturer provides rooted images or not. If your solution requires root, then the chances are it is not supported. This may not matter much to you, but it will matter to anybody who fails to get root, ends up with a brick, then tries to claim on the warranty.

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Re: re OTG

all I had to do was root it and install Stickmount

Tell that to my mum. After she's finished slapping you for having such a dirty mouth, she'll still not have a clue what you just said.

If it requires breaking (or breaking into) the device, then it's not supported. Any more than installing Slackware on Surface RT is supported.

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Re: On-The-Go?

If "enabling" means rooting the thing, that pretty much means "unsupported".

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Opera unveils iPad-only browser

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Re: Optional

I don't think playing FPS games with the controls arse-over-tit is unique to iThing users. It does seem popular amongst people who are stuck on consoles and have not yet found the awesomeness of the mouselook, though.

Maybe someone should do a study. I think you'll find a correlation between control arse-backward-ness and flight sim use. And, perhaps, spectacle rim thickness.

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"an omission Opera argues is sensible because a touch-enabled device shouldn't need one when a leftwards swipe can do the job."

Dunno about yourselves, but asides pinch to zoom, most gestures seem to cause nothing but cursing from me.

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Got the CLOUD FEAR? Connected Data has a black 'n' blue cone to sell you

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Re: So it's not actually so-called "cloud"?

It's a hard drive with what looks like a file server and rsync in it. So yes, it's "cloud", just like renting out VMs to use up your spare cycles or giving people an API to use is also, apparently, "cloud".

Like get with the wave, man. Learn the lingo, dude. And all that other jazz.

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Pulse-taking ticker tech cuff to sniff out cash-snafflers

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Re: three words

...at which point, logging in to tweet your current situation is probably not a very high priority.

Most phones allow emergency calls without authentication, incidentally.

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'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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Re: M Gale

*Coff* nothing to do with the Yahoo forums, and everything to do with "sadville", AKA Second Life, that the OP was going on about.

It's a shame the Lindens don't decentralise the thing and let people run their own sim servers. It has plenty of potential as a build-your-own-MMO engine, but it seems the damagement seems intent on wrecking it and making sure the only people left willing to splurge that much cash on a bit of virtual real-estate are rich furries and the occasional overly-optimistic business.

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Scientists demo light-controlled semiconductor

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Re: Had it been the *other* way around I could forsee at least one immediate use for this.

The thing is, how quick does the switch happen? If it's somewhere in the multi-gigahertz or higher range, you have a 10nm electronic switch that's rather speedy, no?

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Ultralight party balloons in WEEK-LONG marathon flight

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Re: Party balloons?

I've noticed foil balloons can stay up for a good while, myself.

I'm wondering how the probes managing to get up there without the not-too-stretchy balloons bursting though. Left the neck open so that excess pressure can leak out, perhaps?

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

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Re: A small miracle.

His motivations were impure and selfish, this is not the grounds for public life...

Publically impure and selfish, shurely?

What, me? Cynical?

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Confirmed by cockup: New iPhones will be named 5S and 5C

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Article?

Now you have me paraphrasing that Fight Club scene in my head.

"9 times out of 10 it's an electric razor. But, every once in a while..."

*whisper* "...it's an iPhone!"

"Of course in the event of an iPhone we have to use the indefinite article an iPhone, and never your iPhone..."

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Now we know why UK spooks simply shrugged at SSL encryption

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Farkin' obvious

SSL is as secure as the certificate authority. "Secured by Verisign" might as well mean "reamed by NSA". Self-cert isn't much better, since the certificate has to travel in plaintext to start with.

When has this ever been different?

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Re: What's that you say?

:What's xorg.conf?

An anachronism.

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Re: What's that you say?

Yeah, pretty much. When was the last time the author cracked a Linux distro open and had a look?

Haven't touched that file in years either.

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OK, forget the 3D telly fiasco: 4K is gonna blow you away - say tech giants

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4k revolution? Bring it on!

So that 1080p and 1200 screens drop to a sane price.

Who knows? Maybe when this old 19" CRT from 1999 finally gives up the ghost, I might actually buy one. So possibly in a decade or two, when it becomes impossible to get an SVGA adapter or the tube fades to unreadability.

What, using something until it wears out? I know, how unfashionable!

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Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Re: control freaks..

once given the chance to really test the UI. had options between: "Works as good as W7" to "great".

I know this is only anecdotal, but the only person I've found who liked the Metro thing, was someone who had never, ever had a computer before. This was their first PC. A laptop if you must know. He asked me what I could possibly dislike about the phone interface that comes up when you hit the TIFKAM Windows button. No, no I hadn't walked in the room, saw the godawful squares and had a Pavlovian reaction, before you start on that. Just like yes, yes I really do pay for my software, despite having various Linux partitions dotted around the place and an extreme dislike of shitty DRM like Steam or WGA.

After bringing my own, six year old, crusty old AMD64 laptop around one time, and after a few "but can you do thi... oh, yes you can" comments, he had to concede that there is absolutely nothing he wants to do with his machine that I can't do better.

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Assuming you find a Fosstard willing to pay for software

Change the record. It's getting so old it's stststststarting to skiskiskiskip.

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