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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Physical size

So you get one of these "devices", download a pre-made image, boot, wait.. open notepad. And now what?

I'm not knowledgeable about MS-Windows, but you're not implying that I'd have to attach a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, are you? I sure hope not! That would lose any advantage of using a small device in the first place.

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Nuke regulator hacked three times in three years

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wondering

required operators to meet minimum security standards

If the "minimum" doesn't include computer use, what does it include?

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Re: Removable batteries

Too bad Lobban and Rogers don't have removable batteries.

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PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things

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Re: Strangelove

There's a gap alright. Probably between somebody's ears.

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America's hot and cold spots for broadband revealed in new map

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"I am serviced by 7Mbps service in Bend. Faster speeds are available for more money. Often these speeds come with data caps of just 150GB per month too. It is a pathetic state of service for 2014."

Parts of Oregon have 1.5mbps service. Workable but poor. I'm in a (very) small town in western Canada, and I get similar speeds (though slightly higher for more money). My cap for $40/mo is 20GB, and for $50/mo is 40GB. You think 150GB is poor?

This is exactly why I want to see statistics published about what is going on at the low end.

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Average?

The problem with using averages is that the number is only useful when all values are equally important. In this case they're not. I'd like to see what the low end actually looks like in practice.

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eBay bans CD sales of metal band Burzum, citing offensive material

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Ebay

Ebay may well be doing the right thing in this case. It's hard to tell from here. However, many sellers on Ebay are discriminatory and offensive for various reasons. Actually, Ebay itself can be pretty offensive.

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Network hijacker steals $83,000 in Bitcoin ... and enough Dogecoin for a cup of coffee

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Win some - lose some

Disappointing for the losers, but the mining business has always been like this. The old gold miners used to say that for every dollar taken out, a dollar is put in.

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Gmail gains support for non-ASCII email addresses

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l33t

People have been doing this for a while. They'll just have more characters to play with.

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Unsubscribe

I don't trust those links. I can also imagine that if Google puts them at the top, then some spammers will think of that as a good thing.

As for non-ASCII e-mail addresses, I think they are long overdue.

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UK.gov eyes up virtual currencies, fingers red tape dispenser

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Re: The problems with bitcoin, as seen by governments

They have the same problem with cash. That's why most countries are discouraging its use. They really prefer everyone to make all their transactions through a government regulated institution.

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Scottish independence debate: STV player flops under weight of viewers

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Put it on Youtube

Isn't this of interest to an international community? I'm in Canada, but this debate is still relevant here and would probably be a good way to understand the issues.

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Whoops, my cloud's just gone titsup. Now what?

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Cloud

It's all in the name.

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Google's mysterious floating techno barge SOLD FOR SCRAP

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Google Ark

I take the scrapping of this project to be an indication that the seas won't rise after all. I was actually looking forward to the day when on the news I would see a shot of the gangplank with: two Chromeboks, two nexii, two glasses, two nerds, . . . . . . . .

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Re: End of the cloud as we know it

Who could have said that their own system would end up shooting themselves in both feet.

Me. And a bunch of others.

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Recording lawsuit targets Ford, GM in-car CD recorders

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AARC

Just another acronym on the long list of music industry thugs.

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Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

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Re: No ACs Allowed

Which is a slightly <ahem> different variation of "if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear".

Wouldn't that be the other way around?

If you have nothing to fear, you have nothing to hide.

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

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Let's see where this goes

Perhaps we'll get a "right to be remembered" ruling next. That really funny comment I made on el Reg 5 years ago? I think it should go higher in the Google rankings.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Re: It'll be messy

I was thinking more along the lines that after the bubble bursts there will be an awful lot of unsupported kit out there - much of which might be a liability, perhaps downright useless, without a security or other update. There could be an overload at the landfill.

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It'll be messy

When the IoT bubble bursts.

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Firm issues soft denial against Iron Dome hack

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Who else is involved?

Somehow I can't help but think that if the spokeswoman is not going to just leave this one to go away, then there is something else going on here. I'll be waiting for el Reg's next story about this.

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Indian techies-in-training face down MAN-EATING LEOPARD - and WIN

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Re: "spotted by the metallurgy department"

After a leopard was spotted by the metallurgy department last week,

Leopards are always spotted.

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Canada's boffins need A WHOLE YEAR to recover from China hack attack

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Good news, bad news

As a Canadian, I would like to thank the Chinese hackers for nudging at least one government agency into creating a secure infrastructure. That's the upside. The downside is that each of the other agencies will not look at this and do the same until they too are "nudged".

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FTC: We've put '$100 MEEELLION phone bill fee cram scam' on ice

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If this was about copyright infringement

They'd get the FBI to send in helicopters, arrest the owners, and confiscate all their servers. However, since this is only about screwing users it's not so much of a priority.

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Perfectly logical

The reason you need a smart meter is so that the people who make smart meters can sell them.

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Google Maps community competition falls foul of Indian regulations

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Re: Bureaucracy at its best

They don't even automatically include foreign corporations. The nerve!

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Israel's Iron Dome missile tech stolen by Chinese hackers

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Value

It's not entirely clear if the data is of any value to anybody. Though the hack itself could result in some Israeli security company getting a nice contract.

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FTC to mobile carriers: If you could stop text scammers being jerks that'd be just great

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Fraud pays

Until there are real consequences that actually cut into the bottom line, nothing will change. I'm not holding my breath.

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CAPTCHA challenges you to copy pointillist painter Seurat's classic

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That was really irritating

Like a spoon with a hole in it.

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Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade

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Re: Still holding out at v28

I am not worried, I do most of my math using my fingers.

I probably have less fingers than you, but you're might be right. Whenever they announce a new vulnerability it's likely a good idea to roll back a version or two. Obviously "updating" doesn't work in the long run.

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Re: Confusing wording indeed

Twice in this article, the wording seems to imply that there's been an update to Firefox 31 (e.g. to, say, 31.0.1 or something):

Wouldn't that be an update from? :)

"a bug-and-security update to Firefox 31" and "users are advised to update to the latest version of Firefox 31 and Thunderbird 31".

Yes, that should have something like "which is" in it somewhere. You're right, it's all mixed up.

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50,000 sites backdoored through shoddy WordPress plugin

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Where is line 91?

The wp-config.php file typically has less than 30 lines, so something is not clear. Perhaps a hacked site has the extra lines.

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Facebook haters, look away now: BABY SNAP site's profit is up 138%

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And you get free cookies too

n/a

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Re: More Education Is Needed

I think that the author, by suggesting that scientists don't know what they're talking about, is suggesting that less education is the key to getting at the truth.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Re: 3G

The proof is in the pudding.

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Attackers raid SWISS BANKS with DNS and malware bombs

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Re: Huh?

I got a buffer overrun when I read that.

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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Re: No they don't

The little town in Denmark that I lived in when I was a kid had a DC grid despite AC being already common in most of the rest of the country. My dad had DC motors in his furniture factory and they were pretty big compared to modern three phase units. Anyway, the town switched over to AC in '57 or so.

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Goodwill's goodwill rocked as Feds probe bank card hacking scam

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Re: First we deny the breach... then we privately panic ... then minimize it in our PR.

Excellent comment Don Jefe.

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Party like it's not 1999: Cry FREEDOM for a better web

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Re: Banks

why does your bank's website still suck so badly?

I wonder what the author meant by that. I've never really taken a good look at my bank's web site. I just log in, do my business, and log out. As long as I'm able to do that fairly easily, I'm not likely to notice anything else about what's happening there unless it's a security flag. I actually expect them to have bad taste, banks usually do, but the site is always up and always works. Now if they decided to do a "wait for youtube and a thousand trackers" approach, I be getting mad.

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Good

He said that instead the legislation should require that terrorists must be shown to "intimidate or coerce or to compel".

Spammers and telephone solicitors still qualify then.

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Yahoo! Japan! launches! service! for! the! dead!

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What could go wrong?

"The email is triggered by a third party to whom you bequeath a code to activate Endings . . ."

Let's hope this third party is able to keep the code from any pranksters.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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I'll give you my router

when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

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Secondhand Point-o-Sale terminal was horrific security midden

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Aloha1

I've got a better one.

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Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

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Exodus Intelligence

Given how the company "makes its coin " one might have difficulty trusting them. Where does their allegiance lie? The government, developers, the people, or none of the above? I think we all know the answer.

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Brandon Gray aka Namejuice suspended by ICANN

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ICANN should explain themselves

"The suspension notice accuses Brandon Gray of “false or deceptive” marketing"

Why has ICANN been so reluctant with this obvious accusation? One might come to the conclusion that they didn't think it was such a bad thing. I think the delay requires a formal explanation and perhaps even a public apology. I would like to see an inquiry into this.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: Tired admin

Not sure why the thumbs down,

Wasn't me, but I notice some strange thumbs-downs around here. I've even seen thumbs-down on a question. WTF? It's as if some commentards view everything as a religious belief or something like that. To me, a comment can sometimes be good even if I don't agree with it.

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Re: Tired admin

I'm curious about what you mean by "not much worth stealing". Surely anybody with a "serious presence on the Internet" has bandwidth. That's worth stealing.

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Re: Actually, this may not be a bad idea...

"Sure, but why typewriter?"

Because it is useful in getting rid of the Secret Service.

"Opposition committee member Martina Renner said on Twitter she'd sooner get rid of the Secret Service than start using typewriters,"

Let's hope it works.

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LG unfurls flexible SEE-THROUGH 18-inch display

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Re: What are the odds...

There's a real advantage to people who are dyslexic. Simply flip the display over and everything becomes readable again. No?

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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

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No money?

Just listen to the low bandwidth morse code broadcast.

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