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Apple, FBI: YES we're looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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Re: Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make

Apple does not limit the number of password entry attempts users could can make

WTF?!?

That is the case in many online services where they don't even implement rate limiting or progressive incremental retry delay on failure, but the risks with an Apple account are much bigger because it's basically SSO - one password to rule it all. /Not/ good..

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Researchers camouflage haxxor traps with fake application traffic

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Re: Historically sound practices

I've been arguing for years that deception should be a standard part of network defence techniques, possibly with added tarpits on unused ports so a port scanner either drains its resources or is left with the high cost of maintaining a modified IP stack that times out quicker (which creates its own problems).

The problem is, however, that deception should mimic local conditions or it'll become easy to detect and ignore, so it takes skills to set it all up. Given that deception has an as yet undefined ROI I guess it may be a harder sell to the bean counters, but corporate lawyers help with estimated costs and impact of a breach.

Excellent research IMHO.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Re: "Now you can deliver highly engaging ads ..."

The ads perhaps won't be quite as engaging as the advertisers want if consumers tick that privacy option in iOS that limits ad tracking. I can't think of any sane person who would leave that option unselected.

But it defaults to "on", of course, so you have to be motivated enough to find it. And reset your Ad ID regularly.

Still, this doesn't have to mean iOS will be suddenly ad saturated - there are also companies that use flat screens of any size as ad displays, I presume this is an attempt to get a fat slice of that market (as you can hook up any tablet to a big screen in various ways). I have been wondering for years why there are no (yes, zero) LCD photo frames that can load images from a network drive so I can change them every so often (or use them as system status display). Now I know..

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do the rounding and you've got 8 inches.

That's what I keep telling my wife..

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Bohemian Rhapsody week?

Two references to lyrics in one week. Is that song being played on loop at Vulture Central or something?

It's not unusual..

:)

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: Brilliant - re:self-education scheme

Which part? Reading BOFH or it's what you tell management as you roll them up in a carpet?

Why choose?

:)

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Brit Sci-Fi author Alastair Reynolds says MS Word 'drives me to distraction'

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Re: @ Fred Flintstone

An honest question. Do you ever think styling can be included at times, though through verse and other means? This has some effect, does it not?

I think we need to be careful with terminology. I am a great advocate of the use of styles in full blown word processors as well as bare bones writing environments, but only insofar that it marks a section as being of a type (headline, chapter, subchapter, and more locally bold & italics, aka emphasis).

How such a style is formatted (i.e. font, weight, attribute, spacing, colour etc etc) is a later issue and is sometimes not even under your control (epub formats, for instance, can apply the reader's preferences instead).

Where practically all WP packages go wrong is that they permit localised formatting attributes, which means a Godawful amount of work post production because you have to strip ALL of it out and replace the formatting attributes with styling markers before you can start working on the look and presentation of the content. Personally, I think the ability to insert such local formatting should not even exist until the post creation stage, and it is my personal belief that that "feature" alone is responsible for an enormous loss of productivity in places that produce reports and documents for a living. They are genuinely producing documents without style :).

So, the short answer to your question is yes, it is more or less implied in the way I work. I start with a structure, which means I have a pack of lines marked as chapters which I can move around etc. In Ulysses I have some styles set up with highlighting, so I quickly get a visual overview of what I'm doing. Having said that, I am examining Scrivener now as well (thanks to this article and the comments, that's why I hang out here :) ) - just to have alternative options.

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Re: @BongoJoe: Word isn't the best tool for job

That rather suggests that you think there is some other software that is the best tool for the job. So, what is it?

It think the challenge is the downstream publishing process. The actual writing can be in anything that works for the author (more accurately, doesn't get in the way of the flow of the creative process), but it then needs to be presented in a format that allows markup and editing.

As I work on OSX I use Ulysses and Daedalus on the iPad for when I travel (they integrate to a reasonable degree). The apps go full screen and allow me to exclusively focus on structure and content creation, but stay away from styling which is IMHO one of the main problems and distractions with WYSIWYG based writing - basically, the whole reason many people still use LaTEX and derivatives.

I also use LibreOffice, mainly for short work and for mapping writing into some form of design template so that the Word addicts of the world don't get frightened by hints of something outside that narrow band of experience.

I don't create much on the iPad unless I have a bluetooth keyboard with me (I'm no fan of screen keyboards), but it's good for post production review and small edits.

So there :)

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

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Re: Daytime running lights

I think the EU linked to the car's age - AFAIK, new cars must have it.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Price for the tablet is high, but not bankers considering the build

Is this called a contextual Freudian slip? :)

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Re: @H4rm0ny - "It's the same price as a MacBook Air with equivalent screen size"

Yes, there are use cases where people want a pen, and others where they want to be able to run full Windows software on a tablet, but this isn't a mass market requirement and it doesn't fair well against dedicated devices.

True, but although I /personally/ would buy a Macbook for that money, I can see the point for enterprise use. Many enterprises have invested heavily in an MS infrastructure, I reckon this will make it easier for them to engage with tablet computing where that makes sense without having to invest in an entirely different eco system and associated skill set. If you're not set up by default to run a heterogenous environment it is especially in larger companies hard to switch.

So yes, I can see a use for them.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: From the other side of the fence...

Upvote from someone who has come to the same conclusion quite a while back (for the same reason). I had to solve it by going for all these separate bits (and no, Thunderbird + add-on is NOT the same so I abandoned that, nor are web interfaces of any use).

Interestingly, none of the mobile platforms has gone for this integration either, which is a shame. I recall that I could schedule calls in my Sony Ericsson P1i, which was an excellent tool to organise my call schedule in the morning..

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Re: Just a note....

The reporting of a planned change is simply wrong.

This is about someone expressing an opinion/desire, not an established fact, and he seems to be very much alone in his opinion ("sachfremde Einzelmeinungen" translates roughly as "clueless personal opinions" :) ).

It's interesting how warped the reporting of this has been, though...

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: A new lightning cable then ?

So the next connector will be called Galileo then?

:)

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Re: Hoping for sanity

Still think the USB forum screwed the pooch on the new design by not putting the "tongue" of the connector on the cable, but rather on the device, thus guaranteeing that if mechanical stress causes it to break the device becomes useless, instead of only ruining an easily replaced cable!

Never heard of built-in obsolescence? Imagine what would happen to the industry if everything was designed so well you only had to replace something because the old stuff had worn out. Once upon a time, lightbulbs used to last upwards of 10000 hours, until the Phoebus cartel agreement actively penalised manufacturers if test bulb lifetime actually exceeded 1000 hours (1/10th of the original life span). Much money was made by all, and since then this is pretty much a default - unless you pay a lot more.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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Clever backdoor..

If this has to include vehicle ID you are basically looking at mandated wireless vehicle tracking in anything but name.

No thanks.

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Ah, the stink of True Innovation™

Microsoft presents the blue CLOUD of death.

Isn't progress wonderful? I bet they'll patent this.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: Practical Interim Cost-saving measure

"Blowbobby" is simply epic, hahaha.

That's my keyboard done for..

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Mk1 Ford Ka, I'm looking at you, with your speedo, fuel guage, and nothing else.

Well, OK, but I would love to have that brilliant bonnet feature on my car, or maybe as an extra function of the wing mirrors.

Come to think of it, forget about the HUD altogether. Just give me that bonnet.

:)

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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.

The other problem is the word 'password' - if we IT savvy people start using the word 'passphrase' consistently instead, more people would understand that punctuation and spaces are allowed, and even welcomed, than trying to fit numbers, characters into a 'word' and still remember it.

Yes and no - the problem is that many outfits actually do NOT permit the use of pass phrases, which is IMHO close to idiotic (and/or damn lazy coding). I agree with the use of pass phrases.

I much prefer pass phrases for users, because you can make dreaming up a good pass phrase fun, which aids memorisation and recall (as it's one of the key techniques for memorising anyway) and thus prevents people writing things down.

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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Re: Twitter driving Twitter-addicts to suicide?

A prerequisite of jokes is that somebody other than the originator should find them funny.

Well, I do. Look up "dark comedy". Granted, it's not for everyone (you must be able to distinguish between dark humour and being disrespectful, which is a wholly different kettle of fish and must IMHO be avoided), but dark comedy has a long and rich tradition, and is sometimes even the only way people can cope with *seriously* sad stuff.

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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What I want is a Tesla Café. I want it so powerfully wired up that all the teaspoons end up pointing north, migrating birds flying overhead get disorientated and there is a risk of any spike in the mains supply causing a puncture in the fabric of time itself.

LOL - *love* it. As for Faraday cages, will that not actually provoke all the phones inside to switch to max transmission power?

A worthy end to the week :).

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IBM boffins stuff 16 million-neuron chips into binary 'frog' brain

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Re: Frog Brain

Re: Frog Brain

And at least a hundred times bigger than the clowns in Westminster!

That's engineers for you: always over engineering things :)

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Americans are so funny

No more of those messy fraud investigations, the customer is responsible! Never mind those pesky cases where the customer claims that he was half a world away and has never shared his PIN with anyone. Never mind those cases where the it turns out that the bank lied when they claimed that the PIN was used. Minor incidents, nothing to get in the way of a great innovation in liabilityxxxxx I mean of course security.

Yes, they have done a great con job with that in Europe - and not a SINGLE regulator has as much as raised their eyebrows.

However, it's not all bad news: this geographic difference is already used by a number of providers to question transactions. I have had calls about attempted transactions from across the globe when one of these online idiots turned out to retain CSVs and had their whole database stolen, and they picked that up because all my other transactions were elsewhere. I had to switch to another card as the provider barred it as stolen/copied, and issued a new one.

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Re: Not such a big change

Spread your risk and use different PIN's and you will have done everything you can to keep your money safe.

Sensible, until you get mugged and have to cough up the codes to all with a knife against your throat. OTOH, with a signature card they don't need to bother..

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POW! Apple smites Macbook Air EFI firmware update borkage

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Re: Temporarily bricked ?

:)

There is also the duck problem: if it looks like one (etc) it is reasonable to assume it is one. Good and detailed information can help, but that's not really one of Apple's strengths.

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Blighty will be BIGGER and BETTER than Germany, confirm beancounters

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Isn't that termed "business as usual" ?

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Google to feed machines with evidence of human physical weaknesses – and that's a good thing

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As far as I know there has never been a technolpgy developed that has not been abused.

OK, I like a challenge. Electric toothbrushes. Discuss.

:)

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Re: "Given Microsoft’s huge stake in government, ... "

Not quite a stake yet, it's more like encouraging people to eat more garlic :). It will still take time.

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Re: Revolutionaries

Common sense in government policies IS revolutionary.

Upvote :)

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

When I try saving a document as ODF, Word 2010 pops ups a dialog warning me that my cat will die a slow, horrible death if I dare proceed.

Okay, it doesn't actually say that. What it does say is my document "may contain features that are not compatible with this format". Oh, and this for a document that contains a single word - "test" - with absolutely no formatting added to it.

Not exactly encouraging is it?

Yes, they've been running that scaremongering for quite a while which, incidentally, they have also done for the use of their own older formats. Someone with a sense of humour in the OOo/LOo camp has picked this one up and you now get exactly the same warning in OOo/LOo if you decide to save in MS Office formats :)

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Wonder if the EU will follow now.

They already do: http://www.eionet.europa.eu/software/opendocument

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Re: Access databases will be inaccessible

Access databases will be inaccessible

Yes! Win/win!

:)

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Re: Better but still a bit of a pigs ear

Have you ever tried opening a simple and fully standards-compliant ODT document in Word? It ain't pretty and the resulting warning messages wouldn't inspire much confidence in the average end use.

Opening data from a competing product and making it look bad, yeah, we have never seen that before, have we?

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Your mugshot was constructed..

.. by a British plumber.

Have a nice weekend :)

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iOS slurpware brouhaha: It's for diagnostics, honest, says Apple

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Now now - not everyone reads Dune (and the movie was, er, as usual not quite like the books :).

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Why so complicated?

FFS, just give the guy a first class ticket to Cupertino and let him help the team clean it up.

All this to and fro and "he said" and "they said" is a waste of time.

Getting him there means he can see for himself what is going on, help clean it up and get the kudos for it, and Apple gets a reputation for being a clean player. It's not like Apple cannot afford to do this. Just get on with it.

Sorry for being simplistic here, but the best way to address a problem is to sort out the problem, not by prevaricating around the bush and generate acres of press coverage.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Re: Oh, the irony!

I guess we now know where all those AOL reps went :)

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: Scott Mc Nealy is right!

At least in the U.S. (in the civilized parts, anyways), they can't (legally) force you to hand over your passwords yet.

But that's the actual problem: they won't. They will go behind your back and ask your provider which means that you both no knowledge of the violation of your privacy, nor the ability to object and even act against it. You cannot verify what happens without your knowledge.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: You don’t just type 'Joshua' for full access.

Upvote for the Eddie Izzard reference :)

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Re: No, they're not sekret spying tools

@DMDeck16, Either that or that, eh? Thanks for clearing that up with impeccable logic and hard evidence.

Given your earlier, much more nuanced reply I will assume you ran out of caffeine there :) - I think the question is valid (although I'd be grateful if someone could point me at the docs which confirm that "Apple docco says there is no native way to do packet captures on iOs devices" because it's AFAIK pretty much a standard diagnostics tool on any Unix-alike platforms).

There is nothing wrong with raising questions, but I also agree with you that being all alarmist about it is stupid. However, that's what the press trained us to expect now - anything is either the end of the world or not worth reporting (reminds me of a clip that showed what a falling tea cup looks like in a US movie - it explodes - but sadly I cannot locate it on Youtube).

I would like to see this sort of work done on *any* mobile platform. The only functional weapon against subversion is transparency.

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: Devil's advocate....

Given the car dashboard modelling I would expect a light (in red) and a buzzer. In cars, critical warning signs do not appear in. a. way. that. would. require. you. to. w.a.i.t. f.o.r. t.h.e.m. t.o. s.c.r.o.l.l. past.

That does, however, require some basic understanding of design and alerting UIs.

Having said that, I do tend to dig in the manual for interesting details if I have a few minutes, because especially the radio tends to have all sorts of gadgets that can get in the way, like when you're driving along happily with some nice music and THEN THE TRAFFIC ANNOUNCEMENTS COME ON IN TOP VOLUME prompting a frantic grab for the volume control (and a near heart attack). If you cannot find a way to adjust that announcement volume (and it's often seriously hidden) you're left with the decision to forego them altogether or live with the risk of a heart attack.. It gets complicated if the manual is not in one of the languages I speak, though :)

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

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"Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on handheld phone use by drivers"

Exactly right. Maybe I'm an exception, but I did actually stop using a phone other than with a headset, and even then I sometimes just kill the call if I'm in a dangerous spot. I had the aha moment a lot earlier than when the ban came in, mainly because I have been using mobiles for a *long* time (my first phone was a NEC P3 :) ).

So, from simply personal experience, the outcome of the study only makes sense with your re-interpretation :)

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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Re: At least the banks can make a case for their money back

Or does this rule only works in one direction?

When has it not? Just curious..

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Re: Formerly, your gov. sucked - you moved to the US. Today, there is no recourse.

One simple question remains unanswered: do we actually need those agreements? AFAIK things work just fine, apart from the potentially annoying requirement of multinationals to actually follow the laws as they exist locally.

Ah, it seems I answered my own question there..

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Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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Re: Call the fire brigade...

I thought I'd raze the question

Upvote for brilliant use of language, grin.

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Epic

It's unclear if the ICO fined the ICO or let the ICO off with a gentle warning from the ICO.

Hahaha - quality :)

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Priceless

I have just instigated a campaign to get the use of the word "metadata" back on track. The heinous misuse to mean "bits of data stored in the header of other data" has been irking me for a while, and I just recently realised that this re-definition of a technical term is at the heart of the recent surveillance unpleasantness.

Absolutely. Data about data is still, well, data.

The distinction is purely artificial when it concerns privacy.

The war on bullshit. You heard it here first.

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