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

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I think it was more likely to be trying to log in to its Spotify account.

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WTF is ... Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

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Re: STFU bitches, In the US, you don't get a firewall/router

I wish Comcast-supplied modems had a "modem-only" option configurable by the user. I can't even switch off their DHCP server, which means it's a pain to do my own DHCP/DNS. I know there are reasons not to do double-NAT, but my irritation is getting to the point where I'll do it anyway and live with any problems. It's also very hard to get an eMTA modem that supports IPv6.

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Re: So much wrong with this.

I use DHCP on my local network with static allocation of IP addresses to known MAC addresses.By the time you add in phones, PCs, game consoles, laptops, printers, virtual machines (doesn't everyone have one?) etc, it's very quick and easy to have twenty or thirty devices on a network.

I used a couple of Sheevaplugs as DHCP/DNS servers in a master/slave arrangement. Setting it up taught me how it works, and when one of them died for some reason, the other kept things going while I fixed the broken one.

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18,000 Apple employees could get bite of profits with class-action lawsuit

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So Apple settle for, say, $10 million. $9 million of that will be for lawyers' fees and the other $1 million will be split amongst the employees, about $55 each. That's normally how these things work, isn't it?

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

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Re: @NUmbers

These 'DIFFERENT COUNTRIES' may have completely different road rules.

Observing the driving, one wonders whether they have any rules. Having said that, I haven't seen many dented cars so it clearly works for them. It's definitely one of those places where being a pedestrian is challenging - a green man at the lights does not mean there won't be a string of cars, bikes and scooters heading your way.

Oh, and you presumed wrong, at least on recent timescales.

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I'm in Shanghai at the moment. Here, the hard shoulder is used by people who need to overtake (including coaches). Or park. I don't think I've seen it used for a real emergency yet.

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Black Hat anti-Tor talk smashed by lawyers' wrecking ball

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With a subject like that, I was expecting the article to talk about how the lawyers went t'werk on the presentation.

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Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers

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Re: No PHP and dropping.

I remember one scanner that used to look for a file called "thisdoesnotexist" or similar. Except on my system it did, and provided a 30MB download of random data (this was back in the days when dial-up was still more common).

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Re: What century are these guys in?

My Linux machines tell me when there are new updates available but I have to install them manually. Mind you, I have the work Windows laptop configured to do the same, it's one of the things I do automatically whatever the OS. The one place that made auto-update a group policy, I made a point of shouting loudly at the IT staff whenever my machine rebooted overnight and lost whatever work I'd left it doing.

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Brandon Gray aka Namejuice suspended by ICANN

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I used to get this sort of junk. I was giving serious consideration to a complaint to the Mailing Preference Service, given that I was registered with them and didn't have any business relationship with the domain scammers concerned. Then I decided it was just easier to put it in the bin, or write "not known at this address" and put it back in the post box.

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Microsoft: You NEED bad passwords and should re-use them a lot

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Re: Unique Passwords

That was one of the holes in an Enigma cipher; a letter could never map to itself. Declaring that the character following a character cannot be a repeat of that character is probably also a weakness.

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Password Entropy

This is where the xkcd comic needs an airing.

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Remember when Google+ outed everyone by their real names? Now Google's sorry

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I am probably better known on-line by one of two handles, one of which is close to my real name, the other is not. I've been associated with it for many years though, and more on-line people probably know me by that name than my real one.

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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

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Re: No big deal

My phone is usually on at security anyway.

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Re: How much explosive can you fit in a mobile?

If you do it at 30,000ft probably not much if you can get it close to the fuselage. It's only 2mm of aluminium alloy. Mythbusters did some tests - a depressurised aircraft needs a lot more explosive to cause critical damage, one that's pressurised needs very little because the pressure differential does most of the work once you start the airflow.

When they did tests on the Comet airframe it was done in a huge water container on the basis that water doesn't store up all that energy in the same was as air when under pressure, so when the fuselage ruptured, it wasn't explosive decompression.

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The UK appears to require a fair bit of data, based on flying there from Germany a while back.

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Re: I wonder

What happens if you've got it in flight mode? It's powered up OK.

More to the point, I normally put my phone into flight mode at my home departure airport and leave it in that condition until I get back, in order to avoid roaming charges (there's no one I need to talk to that urgently when out of the country). So if I'm at a foreign airport and they insist I register it with the local network and I incur charges as a result, I guess the snowball has more chance in Hell than I would have asking for a refund.

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Big Brother

Last October I took a bare hard disk drive through Heathrow security and they had me extract it from my luggage to dust it down for explosives. Earlier this year, again carrying a bare hard drive, I just took it out of the bag and put it in the tray with my laptop. That went through with no problems.

Sounds like an ideal way for them to slurp data for free - if you can't power up the drive yourself, they can offer to connect it to their system, which would probably read as much as it could during the test period.

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Wannabe Startup CEOs Hate This Guy: Potato Salad man and the $60k

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Of course, if he'd care to try alternative salads, he could become a tosser.

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

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Re: and so, ad infinitum

It's a new game - now we have to guess who asked, based on searching for the people in the comments section and seeing if the link appears or not.

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Re: Dear Barbara.....

The Grauniad (is it still called that?) is going to town on a similar theme with Dougie McDonald asking for three links to articles about him to be removed. In the UK if you do the appropriate search the articles have long gone but there's a whole slew of others in their place about his attempt to get the links removed.

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OMG, sorry about 'poor comms' on Facebook secret emoto-meddle tests. Laters!

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Re: I lie to them

That's OK, I have an "internet birthday" which is consistent but not the same as the one on my birth certificate. So it may seem OK to them but it's off by a few years (and months/days).

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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I just got more irritated and pissed off with Facebook for not giving me what I want to see in my newsfeed, which is ALL posts that I've elected to receive, most recent first. In other words, with none of their fancy filtering to try to determine which ones I might want to see applied. It was lonjg ago that I decided that I don't fit anyone's standard profiles, and FB is not an exception to that.

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Higgs boson even MORE likely to actually be Higgs boson - boffins

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Of course, when they figure it out, the universe will be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.

Just like last time...

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Great ariticle

I'm not sure how that plays with the paid premium membership that allows you to see everyone who viewed you

I assume that LinkedIn will sell anything if someone will give them money for it, so I assume the person paying will get to see the full details even if I (as the freetard) have asked LinkedIn not to.

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I use Facebook for social contacts, LinkedIn for work-related stuff. There are very few people I have on both.

Perhaps I should sign up to ButtPlugg and refer all the scammers and marketdroids to connect to me on that one.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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A good example of policy-based evidence-making.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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It could guess - if everything had an RFID tag (cheap), it could detect that you've removed the milk from the fridge, and load cells on the shelf will detect the change in weight based on the removal of the item.

It's safer than a fridge that is too smart - imagine something going mouldy at the back of the fridge - you remove it and the fridge detects that you're now out of evil green mould and orders more.

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CIA rendition jet was waiting in Europe to SNATCH SNOWDEN

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Your Twitter feed mentions men in black suits turning up at your offices. Are these suits actually white like the jet in question?

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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I still remember Dogbert's "Brown Ring of Quality", which appeared to be a piss-take of the new Lucent logo at the time.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

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Re: Proper Bacon

Thanks, but for perishable foods I'd prefer a local place. Too much scope for things to go wrong with the delivery process from the other side of the US.

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Proper Bacon

Properly-cooked bacon should bend, not shatter. That seems to imply a bit of thickness, too, so it doesn't dry out and become brittle.

To the Reg SF team - where in the Bay Area can I buy proper English bacon? At the moment I have Canadian bacon from a good place in Mountain View. They used to do English but stopped. It's far enough away that I buy in bulk so I only have to go there once a month. Today I pointed to the lump of Canadian bacon on display and said "I'll have that, sliced thick. Yes, all of it please".

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Re: Yank my chain

Can consider American Football, and compare that with a real game of Rugby.

Rugby players bring their own padding.

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The fresh Mint of dwell there: This is a story all about how 17 is here for a while

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I've stuck with the Mint LTS versions since 9. Apart from a couple of Mint 9 VMs for compatibility, I'm running Mint13 KDE on desktop machines and LXDE (start with XFCE and install LXDE on it) on laptops and netbooks. I'm looking forward to the KDE release of Mint 17, although it's still a couple of months away. Hopefully they've improved the installer, I'd like it by default to let me set up LVM and per-user encryption from the initial set-up menus. It was a bit of a hassle getting this machine moved over, although now I know how to do it manually...

I used to run Fedora, but got fed up with the need to upgrade so often. It's a chore to shift LTS releases but it also acts as a form of spring cleaning so I'm not so bothered by having to do it.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Downvoters

the tiny minority who really use Linux for everday computing.

I'd use it a lot more if some of the large non-MS companies would port their stuff to Linux. At home I run Linux and fire up a Win7 VM on the few occasions when I have to deal with something that needs it. At work I'm stuck with Windows but I've installed a Linux VM which I use for most things. At my previous company I re-wrote most of the dev tools from C# to C++ with Qt (surprisingly easy) so I could use my Linux netbook.

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HP reveals Apple-powered Android 'SlateBook'

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Can it be hacked to install proper Linux without all the Android spyware? If so, it's probably worth the extra $100 over the Chromebook.

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'Failure is not an option... Never give up.' Not in Silicon Valley, mate

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Re: 'Be Lucky'

A good leader gives credit for the work to subordinates to make them feel warm and fuzzy, but pockets the reward.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: The NSA are proven liars

Don't be too hard on them, they're the only part of the government that listens to us.

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: Use case

Motorways will be the first bits to be automated. Imagine a set-up where you engage the autodrive as you get close to a motorway, with a destination programmed into the machine.

The in-between for this is that as you arrive at the motorway junction, you drive your normal car onto a low-loader and tell it which is your destination junction. Then the low loader hauls up onto the motorway, joins a convenient car train which either then releases you at the destination or is actually compised of cars all of which want to leave at that junction. You can then drive off the low loader and continue on your way under manual control.

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Re: Things can only get better ®

Blimey! Them statues must mess things up and no mistake.

Only if you blink...

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Re: Things I would like to see

While not an American, I have to admit the first time I encountered Swindon's Magic Roundabout, I'd successfully negotiated it before I realised what it was I'd just passed though.

Personally I'd set the Wonkamobile on the A421 heading through Milton Keynes. Before they built an extra roundabout on the east side, it was 13 roundabouts, 6.7 miles, 7 minutes, not exceeding the speed limit either.

Is it a Sinclair C5 with a roof on?

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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I guess they must hate me, I still subscribe to usenet groups too. Far superior for discussions and debate when compared to web forums, all of which have dire user interfaces. I still use email, plain text if possible, which is less of a security hazard than this dodgy HTML which might hide trackers or dubious URLs.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Conflict of Interest?

It will be interesting to see if any of the script and ad-blocking plug-ins make it onto the web store, given that they're effectively clobbering Google's business when installed.

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Re: Spelling and Grammer

That would be 'grammar', too.

The Queen's English allows use of 'ize', it's just not common.

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Re: Can one hire out "fitbit" people.

Based on the experience of putting a collar on our cat, she accepts it meekly and all is fine until she goes outdoors. Then she manages to remove it and we never see it again. We gave up after three lost collars.

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Swiping your card at local greengrocers? Miscreants will swipe YOU in a minute

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Re: But....

I was thinking the same thing.

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EU phone home! Cloudy transatlantic cable coughs, gags, chokes

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That explains it...

Trying to connect to something in the UK that I could tell was clearly there but timing out my ssh attempts. Going to an intermediate worked (which used a diffrent cable) but the direct traceroute showed lots of packet loss and a route via Telia. It seems to have stabilised now, though.

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Comcast exec says wired broadband customers should pay-as-they-go

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Gouging

If they'd actually spend the money to improve the network then perhaps it wouldn't be so bad. Some evenings it's not even possible to view a YouTube video in the Bay Area, and they charge much more than VirginMedia do in the UK for the same service. I am not that impressed with the Comcast service to date.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Re: Prior art??

"Another one might be fertilization of human eggs by (well, you get the picture...)."

Not against a white background I hopefully.

Depends on the colour of your sheets...

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Mae Microsoft yn addysgu Swyddfa, Bing, siarad Cymraeg*

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Roadsigns

At least it might reduce the chance of seeing this on a roadsign again...

Nid wyf yn y swyddfa ar hyn o bryd. Anfonwch unrhyw waith i'w gyfieithu.

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