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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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Ah! The hotel I stayed in in Cheshire was stripping SSL from my Google searches, despite me being logged in (the hotel wifi was provided by BT Wifi). I thought it was weird but Google reckoned that it was the choice of the hotel admin.

Still, they couldn't stop me from using https://encrypted.google.com though, so fuck 'em.

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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Re: Reality and Reason?

Who cares if Microsoft Corporation partly or wholly own Microsoft Ireland, or the former begat the latter, or whether Microsoft Corporation controls Microsoft Ireland?

Fact is Microsoft Ireland is in Ireland and is subject to Irish and EU laws.

Therefore, Microsoft Corporation cannot compel Microsoft Ireland to break those laws no matter what any idiotic judge says.

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That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Re: Just not hard.

Exactly. Simple icon overlay would do it. Anyone who wants everything synced can simply use the relevant option that is already there in PC Settings.

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"After it was finished I copied back all her personal files from her OneDrive"

That's your mistake there. When it's in OneDrive and you have to reinstall Windows 8.1 you don't need to "copy" anything, you just simply find the folder and mark it as "Always Available Offline". Voila!

No need to copy things to another folder, ever.

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Re: Exactly

"MS should just copy dropbox. (I would say buy drop box but I like dropbox and want to continue to use a good product.)"

What Microsoft are doing to OneDrive in Windows 10 is exactly how it works in Dropbox, and exactly how it worked in Windows 8. It was Windows 8.1 that introduced the "placeholders" feature, and judging by a rep for Microsoft's comment on the matter, they plan to drop it.

However, if you read the article, there are numerous problems with readopting a "selective sync" approach, one of which is that if you hide files in Windows Explorer, they aren't viewable or useable in Windows Explorer. The proposed "fix" for this (allowing you to search offline) isn't good enough - how do they think you're going to be able to find that one pic of your 8-month old in a cute outfit amongst thousands of "DSCFxxxx,jpg" filenames?

No matter how it's spun, removing placeholders is a step backwards, plain and simple.

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

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I think what everyone who commented on "competition" should realise that the Premier League actually was perfectly fine with one broadcaster (i.e. Sky) buying up ALL the rights - it was the EU who specifically mandated that this wasn't in the best interests of "competition" and therefore forced (and further forced) the Premier League to restrict the act of one broadcaster in one country buying up of all football broadcasting rights packages.

In short, it's the EU to blame for needing to subscribe to multiple broadcasters to watch all available (or specific) games.

I can see why they did it, because letting Sky buy all the packages up meant that they could potentially charge what it likes, with there being no competition. However, in real terms spreading the broadcasting rights out means the consumer has to pay more in total to watch it all, when previously they only needed to make one purchase.

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Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

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Re: um...

It would work if Northern Ireland, as an entity, owned the website. It sort of is, by way of it being a government website.

You could say "Northern Irish website" but it'd sound like a random website that happened to be located in Northern Ireland.

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Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

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Correction

"The Z Launcher has been in beta for a little while, with Nokia using some Samsung phones for testing, and is available now in the Google play store for Android devices running 4.1 or later."

Might want to be slightly more specific, as it explicitly doesn't support Android 5, yet.

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NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

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Not a problem licensing the name out, it's exactly what Google does with their Nexus tablets.

The bigger concern is why there doesn't seem to be a Google Play store. Didn't Nokia want to (abide by and) sign the contract with Google giving them access to the Play Store in return for sticking to certain specifications, etc.?

There is the possibility that as they are just "dipping their toes" so they didn't want to commit fully yet. After all, Android makes it a lot easier to create a product from scratch without having to commit to certain companies by signing contracts (as anyone is free to grab the open source AOSP files), and is probably part of the reason why they didn't go for Windows (even if it's "free" for OEMs, you still have to sign a contract and stick to certain restrictions, etc.).

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Bullish Vodafone barges back into UK consumer broadband market

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So... this is LLU, yes?

And for places where they can't get LLU set up, they'll be rolling broadband out over Openreach lines rented from BT Wholesale, yes?

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

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"The engineers are envisaging how IP networks will handle voice in 2024 - and what kinds of devices will provide voice services 10 years from now. But the UK was the last leading economy to do 4G. Perhaps it is determined to be last with 5G, too."

So in your world people can only do one thing at a time?

*facepalm*

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Didn't know you were a Taylor Swift fan!

:D

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"between 70p and £1.20"

But that's it though, once you have the sale that's all you're getting, even if the person repeatedly plays it a million times. Whereas with streaming, you get money with every single play of the song.

Has anyone actually worked out the average total earnt from an average song via traditional methods vs the average total earnt from an average song via streaming within a fixed period, say a month? Reason I ask is because even though streaming yields typically far far smaller per song, it's possible that the total amount of plays will net the owner a similar amount regardless.

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Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

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Actually shouldn't the headline read: "It's Windows 8.1 or nowt: Consumer Windows 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK", because I heard they're also removing the right for OEMs to install Windows 8 as well.

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

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Argos app - very decent. Far more useful to use than using a catalogue (painful to find things via the index, the search function is brilliant) and you can reserve straight from it.

Wifi - last I heard they were going to introduce the Argos app in a fixed-to-table tablet to all their stores and get rid of the catalogue altogether. Don't know how far they have gone with that (my store still has the shitty catalogue and dot-matrix-screened numberpad).

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Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

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It's about choice, not making NFC mandatory, OBVIOUSLY. So take your tinfoil-hat off.

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Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

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Re: Quick everyone give up you're non-cloud office software

Well here's an alternative view:

I got SkyDrive way back when, with 25GB. I STILL have this, even when they reduced it. In fact, now I have 40GB. Microsoft have never reduced any storage size for me.

So there.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Re: Hogwart's Express

Wrong. King's Cross was used for filming, but not in Platform 9/10/11 (as that's effectively an extension to the rest of the station), it was on the other more eastern platforms. The exterior shots was of St Pancras, though.

However, when J K Rowling mentioned King's Cross in the books, she was actually imagining Euston's platforms.

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Then don't enable it. And stop complaining.

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Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

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This is the feature that Apple Pay implements? It's a version of Visa's implementation?

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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The Irish aren't going to kick up a stink because it doesn't involve them. Understandably, Microsoft (Corporation) are livid at the complete nonsense and are doing nothing. The judge isn't getting anywhere with judgement that is unenforceable.

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Microsoft Corporation can't do anything though, because Microsoft Ireland are bound by Irish (and EU) laws. The judge is therefore a total idiot in not understanding that.

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Data is held by Microsoft Ireland. It's a separate company in the same way that any other company is separate, albeit ultimately owned by Microsoft Corporation. Judge cannot force Microsoft Corporation to make Microsoft Ireland give them the data in the exact same way you can't force one company to make another company in a completely different jurisdiction to give them data. The judge cannot make Microsoft Ireland do anything. The judge is an idiot.

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Man, its smartphones are SQUARE. But will BlackBerry make a comeback with them?

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Oh God, yet another grid of icons.

YAWN.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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You can "promote" your Tweet for a fee.

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Hackers-for-hire raided 300 banks, corporates for TWELVE YEARS

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Re: Welcome to the UK

Doh!

They're probably legit - lots of companies use marketing companies or marketing IT systems that run campaigns behind alternative domains.

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Re: I can't actually remember the last time I purposely used the Android Browser

Because they aren't user-agent sniffing, that's why. They're fully responsive-designed sites.

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Payment security bods: Nice pay-by-bonk (hint: NO ONE uses it) on iPhone 6, Apple

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I'm just hoping that this will mean that if Apple Pay will be available in the UK next year, Google Wallet will also appear at the same time.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Minority Report... gets closer...

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Sounds like a shakedown...

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: Chrome cam

There is an installer for Chromium

http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chromium-browser-snapshots/index.html?prefix=Win/

This is a folder of regular builds of the browser.

Go into the folder with the largest update and download the mini_installer.exe file.

You should check back in here often as new builds are dropped in here regularly.

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EE fails to apologise for HUGE T-Mobile outage that hit Brits on Friday

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This was very very very annoying for me, as I was on T-Mobile and get up to go to work at 7am - about the same time it decided to go tits-up.

I'm probably going to move to another provider when my contract is up in the middle of 2015. This is not the only reason - part of the reason is because the 3G connection in London (and in particular at the station I commute to) is totally useless. It's a pity, cos I actually have a special plan that is very lucrative but it's not really lucrative when I can't actually use it properly.

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Rejoice, Windows fans: Stable 64-bit Chromium drops for Win 7 and 8

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Re: Google Chrome 64 bit stable isn't stable...

You didn't need to close down all those 32-bit chrome.exe processes - just exiting Chrome via the system tray icon would have done.

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Re: In all the possible ways Mozilla are mindlessly following everything Googly...

What market wants 32-bit plugins? In fact seeing as the general trend is going towards not having plugins at all (and instead using extensions) plugins are becoming very irrelevant.

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Re: whats Chromium?

It's the original (i.e. stock) version. Chrome is Google's special build of this.

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices

Ha! They do the same to me too, because the previous owner had Virgin Media.

In my house, it hits the mat and bounces straight into the (recycle) bin.

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Boffins propose security shim for Android

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Re: Or

Don't see why not - Microsoft introduced UAC at a time when development processes was very entrenched (coding the application to write anywhere willy nilly, etc.). We've all seemed to have grown accustomed to it now, as developers now tend to write applications that write to proper areas (user area, etc.). Maybe it'll be the same with Android when developers realise that people can turn off permissions at will?

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Popular password protection programs p0wnable

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Re: Sharing schmaring

Well... don't share. Nothing is stopping you.

For everyone else that wants sharing, they have that option.

Honestly, I don't know why people complain about features that don't affect them.

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Windows 7, XP and even Vista GAIN market share again

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Re: History repeating

Actually YOU don't get it.

The only reason why people were content with XP was simply inertia brought on by the totally once-in-a-lifetime gestation period of Vista (through the period when it was Longhorn and after that was scrapped).

Even so, Vista was necessary in order to move people onto new designs and features that Microsoft intended. Having Vista effectively "skipped" by releasing the next version of Windows after XP around the time of Windows 7 instead of when Vista shipped wouldn't have changed the supposed backlash.

Of course Windows "9" will be more readily accepted, they would have one OS' worth of experience with the new technologies introduced with Windows 8, in the same way Windows 7 was more accepted compared to Vista.

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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There doesn't need to be a separate statement referring to Google Glass and similar - they already use the "ban on recording equipment" statement that covers everything past and present.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Re: And for us country bumpkins

Yeah, I'm sure the thieves will like to steal my box of nappies, or box of Hot Liquid Seasoning, etc.

Idiot.

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Re: "If I could pick up my packages from the station when almost home that would be excellent."

>>"As opposed to picking them up from your front doorstep? You know...the one attached to your house."

Yeah, great idea to leave my valuable parcels on the front doorstep where anyone can simply take it. Or maybe I want to use it that same day and not piss around trying to use it in the evening after work? Idiot.

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Re: Sounds brilliant.

>>"So I pay a delivery fee to Amazon...for shipping company X to deliver a package to a train station...so I can therefore take time out of my commute home at the end of the day...to stop and pick up said package...and then carry it home myself...along with my briefcase...and laptop bag...and top coat...etc...etc..."

It's another delivery option for those that need it, you idiot.

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Bored yet? Now there's ANOTHER OpenSSL fork – it's from Google

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No issue from me regarding forking OpenSSL - it's not as if OpenSSL is the only SSL implementation out there anyway.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Really?

My phone cost £400+

So I couldn't care less about your £89 cheapo phone.

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Re: And what's the real subtext here...?

>>Isn't it likely that the "durggies" (if that's who's doing this) are just going to steal something else instead? In which case we've just moved the problem elsewhere.

Cool so let's keep the smartphones as unsecure as possible in order to attract thieves to that and not other objects.

*facepalm*

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Microsoft to let customers know where Office 365 is going

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Re: Please stop swallowing this cloud hype in articles

Er... Office 365 is the name of the SUBSCRIPTION. The subscription that gives you access to the latest version of a local-install of Office.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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>> I had to show them how to use the dial phone, because they simply didn't have a clue. Never encountered one before. They were actually amazed at seeing the rotors go round. "How the flippin' heck does that work?" I was asked.

Man, I must be old :(

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YouView loses YourView trademark fight, may have to pick new name

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Re: Huh?

>>Apple (record label) vs Apple (brand image consultancy) (both using the fruit as a logo)

>>No precedents at all then.

Yes, thanks for providing two excellent examples of one company who had to kowtow to the other regarding trademarks. The VAX one someone's already explained. With regards to Apple, Apple Inc was taken to court multiple times by Apple Corp regarding the name, several agreements were signed, which Apple Corp has used to subsequently go to court to get Apple Inc to stick to their side of the bargain. Apple Corp could have very easily simply stopped Apple Inc from using "Apple" full stop, as was their legal right.

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TIME TRAVELLERS needed to secure Windows 7

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Re: 11 SP1 by another name

> If they had actually called it by its true name - Service Pack 1

Wrong. It's called "Windows 8.1 Update".

Whether it's a good name is not the point, the fact is that that's what it's called.

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