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US Attorney General latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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I'm thinking of the children, which is why I support Apple and Google to work towards preventing abuse of privacy by government organisations which clearly think they're above the law.

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Atlas plugged: Facebook hooks ads to profiles, smears 'em over the web

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Separate Browsers

It's because of things such as this that I use a separate browser for Facebook and Twitter to keep them and their tracking stuff as far away from anything else I do. Good job there's actually a few decent browsers out there now so I can do this fairly painlessly.

I don't know if logging into Facebook on a private window is going to be enough to keep it separate from the rest, hence using something I know is separate.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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Re: noun too

I'm a proper English speaker and I'm sensitive to this kind of thing, too.

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Re: I would not mind taking a look at it

I think when that happens, I just remove Facebook instead.

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'Could we please not have naked developers running around the office BEFORE 10pm?'

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Management

being a good manager doesn’t mean micromanaging and berating your employees, it means getting out of the way and clearing away all the obstructions and red tape so they can do their job properly.

Definitely this. The manager's job is to make it easy for the team to do the work.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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I always remember the one about the audiophile hearing all of the noise but none of the music. Unless you're deliberately doing a review, enjoy what you can hear, don't go listening for faults. That way lies a bottomless pit.

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Top-class equipment

Of course, it probably makes a difference whether your codec was compiled on some random PC or a high-end one with all the correct gold-plated oxygen-free cables and connectors. Guarantees a crispness to the bits.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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That about the other lot?

Did he ban Linux and Android devices?

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Biter Bit

"I am a huge believer in the rule of law, but I am also a believer that no one in this country is above the law," Comey moaned today.

I would further point out that if he really believes this, he should be campaigning for all the people who are violating the "unreasonable seizure and search" provisions in US law to be prosecuted to the full extent of that law. It's the actions of his colleagues in the government law and security apparatus who are making his future job more difficult because they do think they're above the law.

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Biter Bit

Perhaps if the spooks hadn't been abusing their powers up to now, people wouldn't see the need for encryption. If you catch someone with his fingers wrongly in the pie you make it more difficult for him to repeat the act.

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Patch Bash NOW: 'Shellshock' bug blasts OS X, Linux systems wide open

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Re: This was fixed before you even reported it

The problem is all those devices that might have a vendor tweaked version of Linux installed, edge devices such as routers for example.

Most of those are likely to be running Busybox rather than Bash. It also depends on whether they invoke shell scripts with user-defined variables, which may limit the attack surface.

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Oops...

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Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS

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The only way Comcast and TWC should be allowed to merge is if they end up like BT, where the network department is detached from the retail services and other ISPs are allowed access to the network at the same rates as the retail arm.

They're overpriced and slow, and are attempting to extract as much as they can from subscribers because of their effective monopoly position. Making one bigger entity is not going to improve that.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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Re: Antennas

It is quite possible for a little gap to *be* the antenna. A basic slot antenna is the dual of a dipole - you feed the two ends of the dipole from the centre or the slot from couple of points either side of the centre of the slot. A horizontal dipole gives horizontal polarisation, a horizontal slot gives vertical polarisation.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Good Stuff

Nice to see them not just scaring off the trolls but exposing them to sunlight.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Audiophile Cables

I'm sure someone will start selling the gold-plated, oxygen-free copper, unidirectional cables in order to make sure each bit arrives in perfect condition with minimal distortion. They've done it with ethernet and other cable types, why not this one as well?

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Google+ GOING, GOING ... ? Newbie Gmailers no longer forced into mandatory ID slurp

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Re: Have lots of ideas, try them out

Valid tactic to try once - what happens if we take something less than popular and try to force people to use it? Now they know, and one would hope they will learn and not do it again.

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Bloat-free, unlocked Moto X to be dubbed 'Pure Edition', says report

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One plus point

Regardless of its performance as a phone, removing the bloat is a major step forward. At least if you get a PC from one of the big manufacturers, it's possible to remove the unwanted bloat, on my current phone I'm stuck with a bunch of useless apps taking up space I can't easily recover. We've managed to get carriers to offer phones independent of the airtime contract, now perhaps we can get them to offer phones without the extra crap. Admittedly we're still stuck with some Google presence (request to Google - do what Microsoft did and add an option to disable the bits we don't want to run) unless we're willing to add another layer of complexity, but to some extent that's true for Apple and Microsoft too.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: If

I bought a car and then decided I didn't like the engine, I wouldn't expect to be able to just pull the engine out and ask for some of my money back.

Back when I last bought a new car, I had the option of choosing which variant of engine was fitted, along with the colour, accessories, etc. However, as someone else pointed out, Windows on the PC is more like the chauffeur driving the car than the engine.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: Fairhead also defended criminal penalties for non-payers - and over 70 sent to jail.

The tale goes that in certain cities with a line of houses down a street, back gardens/yards that backed onto an alley, more back gardens, houses, street etc, the trick was to position someone at the end of the alley where he could observe all the yards, then drive a van clearly marked as a TV detector van slowly down the road. Then the guy at the back would observe all the men running out of their houses to hide the TV in the shed and note which houses they were. Then the team could go knock on the door, go out to the shed and find the still-warm TV (remember they had valves in back then), demonstrating that the TV detector van was so good it could detect the location of a TV even when switched off and hidden.

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Harassment

It's a great shame that prosecuting the BBC for the behaviour of their licence department isn't really possible. Those who don't have a TV get harassed regularly and are sent bits of paper that accuse them of being criminals (with a get-out in the really small print at the bottom). Somewhere I still have the red "final demand" letter they sent me a few years ago with the "pay up in seven days or else" threat in big, unfriendly letters. I'm still waiting for the "or else". Even telling them you don't have a TV doesn't work, they still keep coming back.

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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Pay-only numbers

Banks need to set up a system of inbound account numbers. That way, I can quote an account number to someone so they can pay me money, but it's not one that allows withdrawals, that would be using a different number attached to the same account. It would mean that the response to a scam like this would be to give the scammer a number he can use to give money away, but not use to extract it. Provided there was no way to connect an inbound and outbound number, it's got a lot going for it.

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Comcast using JavaScript to inject advertising from Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: That should be illegal

Working on the principle that those with lots of money seem to get away with all sorts of things, you just have to add enough zeros that you qualify for the exemption.

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Which data stream?

Is this the initial sign-on webpage or are they piggybacking on normal browsing? If the latter then that's an even bigger incentive to log in and then fire up the VPN so they can't interfere with my traffic.

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Apple Pay? Not if they use the current iTunes approach..

They're not the only company that has problems coping with people who move across international borders. That doesn't make it right, though.

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Watch Plugins

Is it true that they're going to offer a BBC timesignal plug-in that gives you six pips every 15 minutes?

Mine's the one with the core technology...

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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So how many of these have secure boot locked down so they're useless? I finally managed to get Linux to boot on a bigger Asus laptop, but that wasn't locked down. I know the Surface tablets were locked, it will be interesting to know if the netbooks are too.

How do they compare performance-wise with the original Eee PC and Aspire One machines?

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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Re: No Legs, No Stairs, No use.

You just buy one for each level. This is where cheaper ones are more attractive.

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Re: A true Roomba competitior..

Or the Neato,with its laser scanner for navigation and brush positioned where it stands a chance of cleaning in the corners.

Wonder what the battery life of the Dyson tank is - there's a reason the rest of the market has less suction.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Europe

I assume advice for Europeans is to change to "pa€€wort" or "motdepa€€e"

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Discovery BATTLED 2-foot-long WEE ICICLE on first mission - 30 years ago today

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Sublime

I would have expected it to sublime, a bit like dry ice does down on earth. I assume the side of the orbiter heated up and transferred heat via conduction to the base of the icicle and weakened it. Using the robot arm to remove it is a bit like someone scratching his back.

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

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Re: Real coding!

Same reason we can't have decent filesystems (ext4 anyone ?) on USB sticks - Microsoft insist on FATxxxx-only to keep the monopoly rent on the patents I'm afraid.

I happily have ext[2-4] on my USB sticks, it just means I can't lend them to anyone running Windows :-)

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Clearly a challenge for the Special Projects Bureau when they've finished conquering outer space - apply their rocketry to inner space.

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Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years

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Snoozefest

The first I knew about it was when I read about it on the web this morning. Good job I didn't crash overnight at yesterday's party, that was only about ten miles from the epicentre. South end of the Bay obviously got a much gentler version because it didn't disturb me.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: **** the European badge

I bet there are people who'd pay to have the European map with Spain deleted from it. Although Portugal would have to get used to being an island.

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

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Re: @J.G.Harston and spelling

'Pterodactyl' should have been replaced by 'floccinaucinihilipilification' just to show that the IT department was listening to their complaints. It's what any good BOFH would have done.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: Hyperbole?

Presumably his little rant was triggered by inadvertently emailing his boss instead of a coworker (co-reseacher?) with a rant about his boss. :-)

Well, had he encrypted it with his coworker's public key then he'd have gotten away with it because hopefully his boss wouldn't have been able to decrypt it.

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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I've seen the technology in action. Some companies clearly pass their press releases through it.

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Hey guys. We've got 1.2 BILLION stolen accounts here. Send us your passwords, 'cos safety

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Moving on to my next website...

Any site that wants me to give it the password to another of my accounts and I close the window. I guess I could give it a made-up password just to confuse things.

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Apple wins patent on charging iThings THROUGH THIN AIR

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Unless you can focus the field, magnetic charging is incredibly inefficient over significant distance because it's subject to a square law. It will be interesting to see how Apple have managed to come up with something novel, given the existing prior art in the field.

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

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Joke

Who needs solar cells, they could use cold fusion to power it.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Not Good

I used to think a unified government would be a good idea, but having seen how readily the government leaks data and abuses the information, I think I prefer the current inefficient model where they don't share it. My response is to do my best not to give them any information that I don't have to, although even that is probably too much.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

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If all else fails, just ask the NSA, they've probably got a copy of your important data.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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Ownership

Clearly MS need to outsource their Irish server farm to a locally-owned company. That way, they're renting the servers and the US has no claim on them.

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Law of non-reciprocity

One already is. Earlier this month the British government passed a law asserting its right to require tech companies to produce emails stored anywhere in the world. This would include emails stored in the U.S. by Americans who have never been to the U.K.

I look forward to seeing this in operation. Should provide a fair bit of entertainment.

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

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Re: In defense of Casio...

I have a Casio watch that's now over 30 years old. It's an LCD watch in a plastic case and it still works provided I replace the battery occasionally. It's been retired in favour of a Pebble, but then the Pebble was a gift so it still goes down as the last watch I ever bought. It wasn't that expensive, either.

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

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I use the self-service checkouts for a small number of items with barcodes. If it's a fruit-and-veg shop then I always go for a human operator as they probably know the codes for the produce without needing to look them up. The self-checkouts at my local supermarket seem to have a problem with my bags though, I always seem to have to get them verified before I can start the process.

As for automated stuff, what about voice-recognition software. Activating a credit card, it asks me to enter my card number with the dial pad, which is OK, but then it asks me to speak my date of birth. After it's failed a couple of times it lets me enter that via the dialpad too. When my wife tried activating a card, it recognised her first time. She has an American accent, mine is British. I've had arguments with the PG&E system too, that also seems to struggle with British accents. What all these systems need is a quick and easy way to get through to a human, for those of us who know that the automated system is not going to cope.

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Re: Starbucks

I think you should try some weird and wonderful names and document the spelling variations. It's possible that the baristas just have trouble spelling Alas-Dur.

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Thirteen Astonishing True Facts You Never Knew About SCREWS

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Re: My day screwed

Isn't a nail just an anorexic screw?

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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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