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3635 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware

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Do your civic duty

" ...The cameras should bring in 100 million roubles ($3.2m) per month in speeding fines, ..."

Break the speed limit often, to assist the finances of your home town.

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4G, quad-core, pah. Now connect the next billion bods to mobile web

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" ... 10 per cent of internet growth causes GDP to rise by 1.2 per cent ..."

Isn't this a case of confusing correlation with causality?

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

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Valid tactics

Being 'heavily intoxicated' may be a very good way of gaining an advantage over the machines. Their internal assessment and prediction algorithms wouldn't be able to cope well with a drunken adversary.

"Dad, the machines are coming." "Ok son, take the whiskey bottle to your mother and bring me the crystal meth."

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Larry Ellison buys airline

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You're all missing the point

A techno-plutocrat now has a private island. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Apple CEO Cook's investor-meeting reveal: 'Dog bites man'

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Re: Sideshow Bob..

I remember that episode :)

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Judge bins Apple's plea to slash $368m FaceTime patent damages

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Re: Well About Time

Some things, and some people, can't be improved no matter how hard anyone tries.

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Stop saying 'Cyber Pearl Harbor,' RSA boss pleads

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"... and the cost in terms of reputation that victims could face. "

Reputation is very important of course; especially for banks and major corporations who need our trust to operate. The reputations of banks and major corporations must be protected at all costs.

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Google Chrome feature helps you silence noisy tabs

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it all depends on which premium

Tabs down the side has the advantage that it doesn't reduce 'precious' vertical space for a web page. But, that means the tabs are more likely to accordion into one another, since vertical space is at a premium.

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Australian supercomputer to use geothermal cooling

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Re: Geothermal for cooling?

I was surprised to read about 'water-short Perth'. As you indicate, they have a vast and effectively unlimited supply of water nearby.

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You've made an app for Android, iOS, Windows - what about the user interface?

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Re: First Direct

I remember when First Direct wrote to me telling me details of how to logon to their website to control and monitor my First Direct account. I immediately destroyed (by burning) all personal identity portions of those documents. Very soon after, the technical and national press carried stories about security breaches on a major banking website. Banking apps on an Android phone ........hmmmm.

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re. " ... junky dory ..."

I'm sure this is the opposite of what you meant, and I can understand how it happened. Thank you for accidentally coining a new expression. You may be forgotten one day, but 'junky dory' will live on :)

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Mobile operators look to Firefox to beat back Google, Apple

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re. " ... the dumb pipes they really are ..."

Yep. The Post Office don't take a percentage of the value of cheques I post in the mail. My cable internet ISP don't take a percentage of the credit card and Paypal payments I make using the internet. They just shovel my data, which is what I pay them for. Why do the mobile operators think they can interfere and dip their fingers into any data transactions between me and a vendor?

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Itsy-bitsy Wi-Fi brings pay-by-bonk to all

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Is that a bonking wallet in your pocket?

... or are you just pleased to buy stuff from me?

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Firefox to spit out third-party cookies

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Use 'Request Policy'

I recommend the use of the Request Policy plug-in for Firefox. It blocks all requests to third party websites and indicates that it is doing so. Then, you can temporarily or permanently lift the block for all requests to that site or only requests from the site you're using at that time. (It's easier to understand if you just use it and play with it.)

On many sites I use, there are an amazing number of third party sites that are blocked by Request Policy without my use of the originating site being affected at all. If an image is blocked, it shows the image box as greyed out with a little red flag in the middle that can be clicked to indicate the name of the site being blocked.

The first time you use it, there is the minor frustration of having to go through the list it presents and deciding which ones to allow, since many sites use third party sites to deliver required content. However, I feel it's worth it to avoid the shedload of crap and all the inevitable tracking stuff that will be there.

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Quantum computer one step closer after ‘true’ quantum calculation

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Re: Reg: May I propose....

You lose additional points for misspelling 'Treknobabble'.

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Official: Cloud computing invented by two technophobic old geezers

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Are those candle-holders for sale?

If so, you need to get them up to speed with data mining techniques, referencing all their previous sales and searching Google etc. for potential leads.

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Official: More than 7 million Brits have NEVER accessed the interwebs

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@vmistery

" ...brief sessions on Google to find out the latest butterfly facts or something similar."

Ahhh, Painted Ladies and Red Admirals, phwoooar.

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'Ole Juul : Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats

Thank you for that well explained and thoughtful response.

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Re: Not surprising, but nice to see some stats

"... disabled people are often hooked on drugs ...."

Do you mean 'dependent on strong prescription medication', or do you mean 'addicted to illegal drugs'? If the latter then that is very worrying. If your 'local' experience is in fact common, then this is a tragedy.

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Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter hipsters exposed in Zendesk data raid

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Familiarity -> Contempt -> Amusement

I've stopped being surprised by this sort of thing and the armchair indignation faded after a while. Now, I just smile and shake my head. Why, oh why ...... awwww, forget it, lol.

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Over 100,000 sign White House petition for handset unlocking

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@Efros Re: Cut my ties

"Moved to a PAYG outfit who offer unlimited voice/text/data for $45 a month, you just have to pay full price for the phones. "

That isn't what I'd call Pay As You Go, here in the UK. That's what we call a SIM only contract. PAYG is when you buy and load credit onto your phone account which then gets reduced when you consume minutes/texts/data. I wonder why the difference in terminology?

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Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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Re: In Redmond Microsoft fire the photo copiers up.

I started reading without even looking at who wrote it. By the time I got to the end of the first short paragraph, I knew it was you. You have a certain style.

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Obama's new cyber-security tactics finger corrupt staff, China

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A sleeping giant awakes

"These acts also diminish US export prospects around the globe and put American jobs at risk."

So, they're going to do something about that unpatriotic group of American companies that have their manufacturing done in China? I skim read it; have I understood this correctly?

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Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

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Between the lines

"Due to an unprecedented rate of return of employees following the Chinese New Year holiday compared to years past, ...."

Translation: We were amazed when so many came back to us after we allowed them to leave the factory. The economy must be bad out there.

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Yahoo! 'OPTIMISES'! website! for! fondleslabs! AND Facebook!

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Dante was an amateur

"Since streams of information have become the paradigm of choice on the web, we’re introducing a newsfeed with infinite scroll, letting you experience a virtually endless feed of news articles."

It's the Yahoo! circle of hell!

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Oklahoma cops rake ashes of 'spontaneous combustion' victim

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@P_O

Further, the hands, feet and head are generally not closely covered by material that makes a good wick.

A good question would be: have there been cases of apparent SHC where the victim had well defined, uncovered areas of their body that did not suffer serious burning, or had a different kind of burn pattern to covered areas? e.g. bare forearms or bare lower legs?

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How private biz can link YOU to 'anonymised' medical data

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All your data monetised for us

It's not just the NHS. When my mother died, after winding up her affairs I had her mail redirected to my address for six months. Soon after, I got a letter addressed to her at my address, from SpecSavers (high street optician). Note: this was not redirected mail from the Post Office - SpecSavers had her name with my address.

I phoned SpecSavers and got put through to their IT deartment (eventually) and was told that the Post Office redirection database was available to 'selected companies'. The IT man told me he would remove her details from the SpecSavers database.

So, if you have an abusive spouse or a stalker and they work for SpecSavers (and other companies who've paid the Post Office I assume), there's no point in moving to try to get away from them - unless you're careful not to use the Post Office redirection service.

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Microsoft: Office 2013 license is for just one PC, FOREVER

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Re: FFS

Can you set up a VM, with virtualised hardware that has _all_ characteristics under your control - i.e. hard disk ID number etc.?

If so, you can effectively carry the same 'PC' around with you for many years, running on different host systems. There is a 'soft' ID number on a hard drive that is created when it is formatted, which is a 'random' number based on the date and time during the formatting process. There is a small utility that will change this for you, which can be useful for some types of activity. As I understand it, there is an internal ID number of a HD that cannot be changed. So, can VMs deal with this situation?

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Forget Dropbox, here's Drobo-box: Small-biz array meets Barracuda cloud

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Cloudy confusion

I'm always interested in 5GB of free cloud storage, but it seems this is only for people who buy a Drobo 5N box, which is understandable.

Also, there is another cloud storage business called Copycloud which had me on the wrong track initially. I suppose there's a small limit on the number of obvious names for cloud/storage/file-copy companies.

If you do a Google search on Barracuda Networks, there are some interesting things that other people say about them.

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From stage to stream: The unseen tech at the BRIT Awards 2013

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Triax

I remember fitting many triax connectors to triax cables for a 1553B test rig in the late '80s. Ahhh, those were the days. I wouldn't want to do it again, that's for sure.

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Survey: Bosses are DESPERATE and GAGGING for Linux skills

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Re: Help a fella out

I am nothing if not helpful.

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BBC: Monster cargo ship delivers '863 million tins of baked beans'

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@ukgnome Re: 70's Maths question of the day

We're all wondering: How do you know how many beans there are in a can? Furthermore, what size of can and what brand?

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Mobe networks bag UK 4G for a steal - £1bn shy of Osborne's £3.5bn

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2G for me

I've set my phone to use 2G networks only, with a noticeable improvement in battery life. Try it, live slowly.

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MIT boffin teases space-station probe's DARK MATTER DISCOVERY

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re. " ...mythical string physics,..."

String theorists, the Microsoft of the physics world. They're holding us back!

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Review: The ultimate Chromebook challenge

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Just wondering

Does your iPad boot instantly, or does it return from sleep instantly? There is a difference.

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Tesco dials 999 after Clubcard vouchers are 'nicked' online

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re. Tesco passwords

When I renewed my contract with TescoMobile (a simple matter), they sent me an email thanking me for renewing and 'helpfully' telling me what my e-mail address and TescoMobile user password were. As you say, stored in plain text on their servers.

However, the one capitalised letter in my password was shown as lower case. This might have been security by obscurity or it may be that they do case stripping when they accept the password.

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Higgs data shows alternate reality will SWALLOW UNIVERSE

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Re: When bubbles collide!

"Let's talk about angles on pins instead."

How many angles can subtend on the head of a pin? That would be a trigonometrical matter.

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VMTurbo 'invisible hand' control freak grabs more virty servers

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Wheel - turn - full circle

Does this mean that to save budgets, people will be organising work into overnight batch jobs?

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Iceland thinks long and hard over extreme smut web ban law

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Re. interior minister Ögmundur Jónasson,

I hope his nickname is Oggy. I'd love to hear people shouting for him across a crowded room.

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Re: Parental Responsibility

I tend to agree with you in principle Mike, however ...... Consider if 'legal' pornography was in plain simply labelled packages at about two feet off the floor on newsagent's shelves. It's legal, it's not 'on show' to affect innocent minds. You need to pay for it so it can't be casually browsed. So, what's the harm? After all, it's up to parents to stop their children being exposed to this.

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Phone-bonker Bump tells desktop users: We swing both ways now

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@h3 Re: Airdroid.

On second thoughts, it was probably 72Mb/s .... I just remember the 72M part.

I was using my Asus Transformer tablet as a WiFi hotspot with my Nexus 4 WiFi connected to it. I used Airdroid on the Nexus 4 and the browser on the Asus tablet (easier than using a browser on a phone). The phone and tablet were a few inches away from each other. The 72M[B-b]/s figure was the one that caught my eye and it was wobbling around a bit but stayed there for a while. I transferred an 80MB file. It was very fast compared to FTP transfer via the domestic router.

This was direct WiFi between two adjacent devices. No router and no internet based host to slow things down.

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Re: Airdroid.

Oh yes. I transfer files between my phone and tablet using Airdroid and a direct WiFi connection. It just works, at about 72MB/s peak.

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Brace for MORE ZOMBIE ATTACK ALERT pranks, warns security bod

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".... an alert controller box from Monroe Electronics had been abused ..."

Has it been offered counselling?

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Singaporean men in naked web cam extortion scam

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@El_Fev

"... what our fecking results rocket!"

It should be "watch our..." Your use of vulgarity is also noted. Report to the Deputy Head at break.

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Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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@Ronald J RileyRe: Grammar

"Socializing software inventions will ..."

What does that mean? e.g. 'Yesterday morning, I socialised four software inventions. Now they can talk and make friends with people.' Is that the sort of thing you mean?

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Civilization peaks: BEER-dispensing arcade game created

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@eldel Re: Some hints for beer

"Hi thee south for about 450 miles, find the Stone brewery. "

Starting from where? Why not tell us the destination in the first place? Have you been drinking?

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Roast entrepreneur: Mmm, tastes Just Like Chicken

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After I've read ¡Bong!, everything else makes sense

It's wonderful and does explain a lot.

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

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@Lee D

You don't understand the importance of ritual. It's the personal talisman branch of sympathetic magic and it really does make a difference. Ask any dedicated tea drinker.

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Kiwi cops to buy 6,500 iPhones, 3,900 iPads

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@Lance 3 re. " ... the closet donut shop ...."

There's a joke in there somewhere.

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Re: EPIC WINDOWS FAIL!

You're suffering from Stockholm syndrome. Go and install Linux on an old laptop and you'll be fine.

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