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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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iPlayer overseas

I imagine iPlayer access abroad is something the Beeb has considered, but probably the licensing nightmare means it's not feasible: independent productions would want to handle their own overseas sales, not to mention potentially treading on the toes of their own BBC Worldwide...

But you know what? I maintain that just because you can't get hold of something you'd like to at the price you agree with that is not a justification to resort to illegal means to get it.

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Do you accept Bitcoin? That'll do nicely, says Apache

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Re: Ignorant of how BT works

Thank you both for the explanations. Not sure why I got the downvote for saying I didn't understand something, could someone please explain?!

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Ignorant of how BT works

If each coin is a discreet item with a digital 'key' how do you transfer a portion like 0.35915909 of one?

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Daytime running lights

Yes I've noticed that: it used to be an easy reminder, if you can't see your speedo so well it's probably time to put your headlights on!

As for DRLs, I don't mind them in principle but some of the new cars seem to have ones so bright that it's really quite distracting to me in my rear view mirror when the car behind has them. In those situations I actually find them quite agressive.

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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

Agreed: I now have such a negative opinion of VM thanks to their incessant junk mail, all because I went on to their website and in order to look at what services and prices they could offer I entered my postcode and house number! That and their rip-off pricing if you DON'T want a landline with your broadband, that they'll have to be offering a VERY good deal before I'll ever consider switching to them.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: "security" audits ...

Rinse and repeat.

Both audit companies failed to suggest the correct solution: remove development machines from secure production environment and place in their own sandboxed environment.

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Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media

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Re: Western morality

You're making the fundamental mistake to believe this latest bloodshed, along with all the other 'wars' in the name of religion, are anything other than evil people trying to do down others because they've decided they're "different".

Sadly it's too ingrained in the human nature for me to think things might change significantly any time soon.

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Ryan Adams

I saw Ryan Adams (solo) in concert a couple of years ago and there were signs up before the show, and he asked at the start, that people turn off their phones and not film the gig. Even a couple of muppets did so, and IIRC he stopped the show and remonstrated with them.

Good fella!

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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With cable, you lay the line.

With Country, you walk the line.

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Time to move away from Windows 7 ... whoa, whoa, who said anything about Windows 8?

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Other operating systems

didn't mention any other family of operating systems (cough, OS X, cough, Linux).

OS-X? Seriously?? And how long are the support lifetimes on Apple OSes again...?

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Password fields need to be bigger.

Good points, though in defence of AD I do like the fact it allows the space character in passwords. That's something many online systems would throw a hissy fit at!

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Re: Very sad to hear

Bitter inrony that a man who could make so many laugh suffered such depression.

If you read the biographies of some of the greatest comic talents time and again there does seem to be a common factor of personal tragedy or 'demons'.

RIP Robin - and thanks.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Re: Best Browser

Sorry but total fail to any IT professional recommending Chrome.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Jolly good work.

"When you download that DVD you had no intention of buying anyway you have robbed them of the money you wouldn't have spent not buying the DVD."

So if you weren't gonna pay for it then why the fuck watch it? Would you be impressed if your boss told you to turn up tomorrow but he/she had no intention of paying you anyway? You do realise that not everyone in the media industries are on million dollar incomes yeah..?

Oh of course, you're a FREETARD == gimme gimme gimme gimme more more more!

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Hacker crew nicks '1.2 billion passwords' – but WHERE did they all come from?

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Re: Can someone please explain

"Graduates not taught about security and made to run automated tests for it?"

All your points are good, but teaching security from the outset to developers, and then companies that employ them insisting that the concept is baked in to EVERYTHING they write, would be a big big big big big improvement.

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Why no one smells a RAT: Trojan uses YAHOO WEBMAIL to pick up instructions

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Re: and in the real world

If your company uses a third-party Internet proxy service then they'll usually categorise and block all the major webmail providers for you, as well as dozens of other different classes of allowed or not-allowed traffic.

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PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users

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The real things

The R&D spending on what’s in the bottle is minimal, but huge expenditures are required to maintain the brand.

Exactly this business model has served Coke and Pepsi very very well for many years.

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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

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Re: I'm watching and listening

We use individual Mac Minis for many different services, and I can say, swapping out a Mini is easier than a 2u Dell or HP

The point with Enterprise rack systems is that you shouldn't need to swap out the whole unit: the failed component will generally be removable and replaceable, sometimes without even powering down!

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Nice computers don’t need to go to the toilet, says Barclays

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Re: English?

I think perhaps the "say" could have benefited from a comma or two..?

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White? Male? You work in tech? Let us guess ... Twitter? We KNEW it!

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Terminology?

the company is supporting an organization named "Girls Who Code" to bring more women into its technical organization along with hosting "Girl Geek Dinners" and its affiliation with a local San Francisco group named "sf.girls."

Stopping referring to adult women as 'girls' might help them get taken more seriously.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

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Bug?

This doesn't sound like a bug to me, it's a deliberate design decision by the developers, the impact of which either they didn't understand or chose to ignore. As stated earlier though, wtf is a BROWSER doing pissing about with system wide power management features?

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Writing about an Australian Snowden would land Vulture South in the clink

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Re: Australian Federal Government - The New NORKS

Likewise your issue with immigrants. As in immigrants currently, rather than immigrants from a hundred years ago, who you are obviously ok with.

This is what *really* pisses me off with the whole immigration thing: we're ALL immigrants, or have some descendancy from them, if you look back far enough up your family tree. (And speaking to all those objectors here:) the reason YOU were born here, and not wherever these immigrants are 'flooding' in from? Well that was pure bloody chance! No skill or choice was involved, so how the hell can you think that gives you the right to say you deserve to be somewhere, but others don't?!!

This is especially hypocritical of the 'newer' nations (America, Canada, The US, South America even?) which were formed by European immigrants, but also of the older countries. We all started out originally in Africa!

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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Using the safe

I don't always use them when staying in hotels that have them fitted, but when I have I've done so not so much because I feel them particularly secure but because I figure you may be opening yourself up to your insurance provider saying "Sorry you weren't covered" if you had something stolen and hadn't used the safe?

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: Stop press

To be fair, public or private seems to be absolute no barrier to being utterly clueless when it comes to data security.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Re: Root

You're suggesting you buy something, then have to break in to it in order to make it perform acceptably?

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Maybe crossing a line but...

It occurred to me that if that canoe was much bigger you could fill it with seaman.

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Plucky Rockall adventurer prepares to leave islet

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Re: Brit adventurer?

You of course will be out there on the very next boat to show him how it's done eh??

Keyboard warriors...

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US authorities round up ILLEGAL DINOSAURS for repatriation

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Re: The US hates illegal aliens

"The Roswell crew from 1947 must have had visas"

Why had they been blocked by PayPal?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Evidence == so far

The evidence though is that not even the faintest sign of anything even remotely resembling life has been found outside of our planet.

I see, so you're looking for something in the ocean. You've checked a few gallons of sea water, not found what you were looking for, and decided it's not there?

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

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"If you want to listen to great-sounding music"

To be honest, if you want to listen to truly great sounding music go and see it live! You get the buzz of seeing it performed right there in front of you, and the quality of modern PA systems is pretty much hi-fi nowadays... but with MUCH better subs than anything you'll get in your living room!

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Re: Silly sod

Aspergers' "used to be rare" because the diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorders is still something of a 'work in progress', and has only really started to become accepted in the last 20 years or so.

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Doctor Who season eight scripts leak online

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WTF?

Top Gear

also contained scripts for Beeb programmes Top Gear

You're telling me that shit is actually written and not just the ramblings of egotistical morons??!

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: The summer heat brings them out...

No matter what we said she would not drag the floppy to the Trash to eject it as "this would erase it"

To be fair I'd suggest this was as much a fail on the MacOS interface design team (one which has been discussed elsewhere over the years) as to her understanding of how to operate the alien (to her) system.

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Pure search results?

All this bleating against the EU Court ruling seems to come from some cloud-cuckoo ideal that Google is being forced to change what would otherwise be angel-pure search results. What all search engines return is based on many factors: local laws, adult and illegal meterial filtering, personal settings preferences, before you even start on all the money-making algorithms, and the consequent rank boosting work by third parties, all of which skew results each and every time.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Paris Hilton

"The cover for the game features a woman that could arguably be said to look like Lohan"

Ha! She wishes.

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HDMI, thy end is near: Qualcomm's Wilocity gobble will let mobes, tabs beam 4K vid to TVs

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HDMI dead?

That will be a shame: I only bought my very first flat-screen TV, with lots of HDMI ports on, only last month. I'm still using the Scart socket for the video though!

Where's the 'Luddite' icon..?

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BBC offers briefest of teasers for the next Doctor Who

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Fingers crossed

I have a personal dislike of buttoned collars with no tie, but hey I can live with that. But please please can we get back to some old-fashioned simple 'bad guys get butts kicked' stories, with a bit less of the brain-aching season-arcing uber-plots??!

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: Would work for me

In which case I'm surprised you haven't asked already? Assuming your employer is reasonable sensible and not old fashioned they may well see the benefits: the time you put in doing work instead of sat in a car, meaning you'll be a happier bunny and very likely a better and more loyal employee. Wins all round!

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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CCTV

To be honest I've been suspicious of entering my PIN on terminals in any number of dodgy looking corner shops and petrol stations for a while: it wouldn't be difficult for someone to set up a system to skim the card details, and a camera to record finger movements without needing clever software to identify numbers entered.

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Re: not password protected?

You do work in IT don't you? Basic security and all that...

Actually following up on my comment, I earlier found a colleague of mine logs in to his desktop computer using his admin account 'cos "it's easier to run all the server consoles that way". Basic security and all that... ;-)

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Re: not password protected?

All the time. And I need a separate password for the administrator account whenever something needs to make changes, since all user accounts run as just that. You do work in IT don't you? Basic security and all that...

Another good reason to use separate login accounts is that everyone then gets their own desktops, Favourites, and My Documents areas. And they can leave themselves logged in with stuff open, and a simple Switch User allows someone else to use the machine without disturbing anything.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: Cameras in a secure environment

To demonstrate how high-tech and secure they are - except in this case it did exactly the opposite.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

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NIMBYs

Put the phone masts on top of the wind turbines!

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Thirteen hundred quid?

If you can afford that, hire one of the hundreds of gardeners around: a human being will do a far better job in a lot less time, and you're giving someone some employment!

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France frostily foists flat fizz fear on ICANN's .wine plans

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What next?

.burger?

.newcar?

.bogroll?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewbucks?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewquid?

.whoelsecanwefleeceforafewyuan?

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Supermodel Lily Cole: 'I got a little bit upset by that Register article'

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Re: Never...

she hasn't scripted it, or directed it, or produced it - so it's not her.

That's rather like saying actors aren't themselves as they're only reading someone else's script, and following someone else's direction?

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Re: Nope, Sorry!

How DARE you mention those remade abominations! That's like spitting on the graves of Alistair Sims, George Cole, and Joyce Grenfell!

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Trust the cloud?

In effect it looks like they trusted their whole business to a single public-facing login point?!

Fuck me, is this what 'the cloud' has done to layered security?

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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How many people ACTUALLY upgrade ram???

Maybe not so many end users, but plenty of IT techie relatives when asked "why is that computer I bought for a good deal at PC World a couple of years ago running REALLY slowly?"...

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