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Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility

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I'll agree that I couldn't see any validity to the Long Tail argument. If you're comparing across regions then it is only right to compare the prices of what people are largely watching than what they clearly aren't in any meaningful numbers unless you are specifically doing a long-tail study. Timeliness and price of major blockbusters is always going to be the key comparison area. After all that is what is complained about with iTunes pricing too.

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Re: Pffft

"Not at the first-run cinemas, but you forget all the second-strings like cinema cafes, airlines, prisons, hospitals, etc."

Oh OK then I'll just head to prison, take a long-haul flight or get a hospital stay in order to watch the movie rather than PAY to see it in the comfort of my own home. Seriously, that's the most piss-weak argument I've ever heard. This is the reason piracy exists and from your level of understanding I can only assume you work for big content who think that because they pissed away $100m on a movie with a shit script and overpaid undertalented eye candy that means that is what it is worth (minimum).

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I have to agree with the OP here. When it comes to hearts and minds the battle is over. Setup netflix with prices and content the same as the US and I think you may tempt future generations but the current crop are done with big content. It's a shame in some ways but it's the road they chose to travel down. When DVDs can be picked up for a few pounds in shops like Tesco in the UK and yet for the same movie they wish to charge $20+ in Australia with around $40 for the blu-ray the battle is over. When they decided to rip-off the Australian people by overcharging and making everyone wait longer all they did was pull forward future earnings. Now we have gotten into things digital being largely free and without advertising. Too little, too late. Whilst I'm on the topic of advertising, Murdoch and his shitty cable channel can GGF if they think I'm going to pay hundreds of dollars per year to still have to sit through adverts.

Other companies still try to rob Australians but because they're dealing with physical goods life hasn't been so harsh to them. Yet.

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Hate Facebook? Hate it enough to spend $9k fleeing it? Web 'country club' built for the rich

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Re: Not conspicuous enough! --> fail

Another fail is that with the country club you don't just get to plonk your dosh on the counter and you're in. You're vetted and need to be approved of before you can join so that everyone knows you're a good egg and their type of person. The $9k is just the first line of defence. It may work differently in the US but in the UK I'm pretty sure that it's cash + approval that ensures the exclusivity. Seriously, an exclusive website? FFS.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

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Re: Registered office.

@LucreLout: I think you'll find RBS has a large office on Bishopsgate in London. It has never been and will not be post split "just a nameplate" in London. I would hazard a guess that they have and will continue to do rather a large amount of business in that location.

"In the event that Scotland goes independent, they will be the competition - effectively, France - and you don't have a bank in England pay most of its staff in France, so why would you think those jobs would stay in Scotland? They won't."

You really don't get how global businesses work do you, especially financial ones?

Post split there will be a Scottish legal entity and a UK legal entity. The staff in Scotland will be paid by the Scottish legal entity and those in London by the UK legal entity. The reason they got bailed out wasn't because the headquarters was in Scotland and Scotland is in the UK but because if the UK domiciled part of the bank (the bit with the Bishopsgate office - head office is the holding company not a trading entity) went tits up it would have taken a rather large chunk of the City with it. If Scotland had split and the head office remained there, although RBS would not have been "bailed out with UK taxpayer funds" with the Government owning the shares (as it would be a Scottish company) the UK legal entity would no doubt have a rather large revolving credit facility at the BoE achieving much the same result but without the taxpayer control. Rather like how the US legal entities of the UK banks could tap into Fed funding when they were strapped. If the US bit went down chances are the UK bit would have gone too as there are always large cross entity trades floating around. Hence my comment about the yanks not complaining they are paying UK wages whereas you think all jobs will come back from Scotland if the HQ relocates to the UK. Have you maybe thought that Scotland might remain a cheaper location in which to source English speaking staff that aren't required to be located in any particular location because they provide call centre and other such functions?

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Re: Registered office.

@LucreLout: If the UK owns the RBS shares how are UK taxes paying Scottish wages? UK taxes bailed out a UK domiciled bank certainly but I'm pretty sure that operating cashflow (£2.6bn profit in first half) pays the wages. It's generally able to run itself, it just has a shitload of bad debt on its books. Do you similarly gripe about UK taxes paying other nations wages in all the other countries that RBS operates offices? What about the yanks' ability to complain about paying UK wages given the size of the credit facilities that were accessed at the Fed? These are global institutions.

If we were talking about a token nameplate in the City and all the staff in Scotland it'd be a different matter but that simply isn't the case is it?

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Re: "What does Scottish independence and the break-up of the United Kingdom mean to businesses"

@AC: I think there will be some wealth generation but there is also a certain (large) element of broken window fallacy there too. All the things that will need to be duplicated that are currently shared amounts to a huge waste of money, money that could have been spent on other likely more fruitful endeavours.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Surprisingly disappointing

Here in Oz the iPhone 6 giant bastard edition is $999 for a 16GB device. Nearly a thousand dollars FFS! What shit are these idiots smoking? I like Apple kit but $999 for the plus and $869 for the normal 6 bottom of the range editions is nuts. It's not like you can stick a microSD card in it and get practically infinite storage. The 128GB 6+ is more expensive than a 13" Macbook Air. A poxy phone costing more than a laptop. If it weren't for the fact I'm not a fan of the Android interface I'd jump on board. Under the current pricing I hope my present phone lasts as long as I do.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: "80 million people in Britain"

In this regard I like the Australian system (and only is this regard) in that you need to present your health card or you get billed

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Er... there's something missing here....

It's simple when it comes to the likes of the club of Rome - the very concept and name should invoke fear in every taxpayer - all you need to do is follow the money. If their predictions were to influence the easily led political classes no doubt new laws and taxes would follow as well as subsidies to large companies for whatever snake oil solution was created. Massive kick-backs and concentration of wealth would ensue thank you very much. Pretty much everything these days that comes about via such "research" is just an attempt to bleed the taxpayer for personal gain by parasite politicians and their wanker buddies.

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Re: Enery is the secret

and as we all should know, even though the Greenies will decry such a thing, cheap energy is how industrial revolution and bumper growth comes about. Make energy expensive and it all goes to shit.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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"Press Gazette's editor, Dominic Ponsford, has done some sterling work trying to find someone, anyone, who will take responsibility for this terrifying abuse of power by the police."

He's also likely now having all his metadata sifted.

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

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Re: 16 Years of intensive R&D for more than just another vacuum cleaner

@N13L5: I keenly await the first story of a householder being blackmailed by their vacuum for, ahem, what they did the other evening.

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Re: A true Roomba competitior..

I just couldn't bring myself to tell people I'd brought a hombot though.

Regarding "The Dyson 360 Eye has come about after 16 years of “intensive R&D”, according to the British firm, and the company reckons it will blow other robotic slave hoovers out of the water."

In terms of price I have zero doubt it will blow everything out of the water including my car.

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Blighty's mighty tech skills shortage drives best job growth in years

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It's clearly visa opportunities for overseas IT staff that will work for peanuts that we're short of hence the campaign by big business. If there were really a shortage then wages would rise across the board but, errr, they really don't seem to be especially when contrasted to living costs.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: Twats

"It's called picking your battles. If you know or expect that a site or account is going to be well-built and administered and it's of high-value to you, then by all means take the time and effort on your end to not be that weakest link."

Using a password generator and a storage mechanism such as a password manager isn't really time or effort.

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Re: um... no

@Roland6: You might want to do a little rethink on that statement. Jeremy Clarkson thought the same way but it turns out it isn't quite true.

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Re: Some truth to some of what they say

Whilst it is true that server side implementation of security measures such as encryption, salting, hashing, plain text storage, password resets may be shoddily done that just does not it any way justify their end hypothesis. I'll happily go on using different passwords for every site setup to the limit of what they allow generated, encrypted locally (maybe poorly) and stored by lastpass or keypass. Sure if I get hacked/key-logged they get all my passwords but I figure that happens regardless of whether they're stored mentally or locally. At that point I'd have more serious issues anyhow but using shit passwords shared across multiple sites and thinking "ahh fuckit" isn't a good attitude. What if somebody posts something illegal and I have to prove (in this modern oppressive democracy concept) I didn't do it?

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Foxtel promises triple-play launch in early 2015

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Pricing

$25/mth? That's $24.98 too much. just my 2 cents. Ba-dum-tsh.

Shows they still don't get it though, all that money for real dickheads of shitkicker county or whatever the latest reality tripe is.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Collectors

"It appears that the images have been stolen over a number of years by several people and then traded or sold between collectors,"

Collector1: Kate Uptons' kebab?

Collector2: Got

Collector1: Jennifer Lawrence's twinkle cave?

Collector2: Swap.

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: DVLA ?

And, don't forget, many years of selling your data.

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Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything

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"A lot of the NAS makers use a custom operating system. This means that adding additional storage costs you extra. Until your owner’s licence is upgraded, that additional disk capacity goes unused. You won’t find that in the pre-sales marketing material."

Name them and shame them please. If they don't tell the customers before hand and it is an indisputable fact then we should be told.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: performance hike?

I'd appreciate it if they'd put more RAM in so web tabs don't keep reloading but other than that the only reason I'd buy one is because the current one is an iPad 2 from years ago and getting long in the tooth (as well as heavy by comparison). Guess they hoped people would keep on the merry-go-round but, like the TV sellers, they're finding that just isn't the case.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Except the photographer would have chosen the settings to suit the conditions. Presumably something like multi shot, matrix metering, certain aperture and high enough ISO to get non-blurred shots. He likely also chose the focal length - whether that be a zoom setting or a suitable prime lens. In that case he has more than contributed enough to claim copyright over the shot unless of course you are arguing that the simian did the above?

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NBN Co claims 96 mbps download speeds for FTTN trial

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Re: Cherry picking

And another issue is that cheapskate Telstra went through various areas putting in shared cables and other such nonsense. The real issue with this statement is that the state provided network is playing catchup to BT in the UK rather than catching up with the likes of Norway and South Korea. The sights have been set too low.

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NSW to build federated ID management rig for staff, punters

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Re: Federated revenue stream

Yep, sounds like a buzzword filled clusterfuck in the making. A profitable one though.

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Spooks, cops, say Oz metadata push is for consistency, not data grab

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"Colvin offered an example of the AFP obtaining intelligence that an Australian IP address visited an offensive web site. Under those circumstances, Colvin said, the AFP could execute a search warrant among Australian ISPs to determine if that IP address was used by one of their subscribers. If that search proved positive, the AFP could conduct a warrantless search to retrieve metadata associated with that IP address. To actually examine the content the user of that IP address accessed would then require a warrant."

So you execute a search warrant amongst ISPs to determine if the IP address is used by one of their customers but then a warrantless search to retrieve metadata. Why? If you need and can obtain a warrant for the first part surely you can get one for the second. If your argument is that it is too time consuming then you're a f*cking liar as you need to get the first warrant anyhow. This is just bollocks.

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

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Re: even if he did...

"Well, when certain people and groups here *cough*NSA*cough* violate people's constitutional rights, that action is definitely violating the US Constitution and therefore illegal."

Yeah, how's that working for you?

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

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Re: Seem to have missed Draytek off the list.

I always found my draytek to be rock solid on even the shittiest ADSL connection. Couldn't say the same for the multiple reboot per day Belkin it replaced. Bastard wouldn't even reconnect.

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What's the point of the Internet of Things?

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Re: No convinced

I think those of us in the IT industry already know this has clusterfuck written all over it. More likely your TV will report you for watching a pirate movie and your fridge will inform the authorities you're an alcoholic. The IoT is the internet of big brother

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Remember it's not just Synology

You could also argue that by forcing you to use the latest version of the OS it makes it easier for them to support. Heck even Microsoft limit what they support and they're massive in comparison. I've had my QNAP since 2008 and it still runs the latest OS and is thus supported. I'll settle for that.

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Re: KISS

Interestingly some of the high end QNAP 4 bay NAS boxes can run VMs. Maybe a corporate client had a word with them and mentioned they wanted segregation of these features.

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Help Australia's PM and attorney-general to define metadata

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Brandis

That man is a total arse. To come out with it "wouldn’t extend to, for example, web surfing so what people are viewing on the internet is not going to be caught” and then add “what will be caught is the web address they communicate to” shows how ignorant this prick really is. To think that someone so point blank retarded is in charge of legislating boggles the mind. What a contemptible fuckwit.

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

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Re: So whose email do you use then

@Pascal: You've missed my point entirely. Your email may not be susceptible to Google searches on its contents but it is still just as susceptible to 5 eyes dragnet surveillance. GCHQ has taps on (likely) every fibre landing in the UK. Have you looked at the submarine cable network recently? Pretty much most of it transits the UK. The other eyes can mop up the rest. Given this my point is that you only have security if your email is gpg/pgp'd - remember data transitting between Google data centres was unencrypted and tapped? It's likely that also applies for email server to email server. See the following...

http://superuser.com/questions/260002/why-are-email-transfers-between-mail-servers-often-not-encrypted-why-arent-use

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Re: US Tech Companies

So whose email do you use then?

I use google and yahoo and much though I don't like the US snooping what am I really going to do about it? Which provider will not be tapped by the 5 eyes, especially as I reside in a 5 eyes nation? Even if I did not it seems that GCHQ has a large part of the pipework tapped. Sure, I could encrypt my email but then everyone would either ignore what I send or reply with "send it in plain text you stupid bastard". This is what happens when something so ubiquitous was insecure by design.

I admit to not being too knowledgeable in this area but, given the cert authorities fall mainly under 5 eyes regimes, how much is there they cannot generally access short of using full gpg style email encryption?

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Lawyer for alleged Silk Road kingpin wants all evidence thrown out

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Good point. I was wondering how the proceeds of crime were seized and auctioned before a conviction was obtained. Maybe the two are independent - i.e. the coins were provably the proceeds of crime but he is yet to be tried for that crime? Did he fess-up to them being his or were they seized from wallets found on the silk road servers i.e. what bits are irrefutably silk roads (servers, coins etc) and what bits are up for debate? If he admitted the coins were his and they were seized and auctioned then isn't that tampering with evidence?

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Remember Palm's WebOS? LG does – check out its smart TVs

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Am I alone...

In wanting my TV to just be a TV and not an attack surface that requires constant firmware updates?

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Re: privacy agreement

Pretty sure that's a breach of EU rules. As with most things they try it and see if anyone complains.

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Users should PAY for their piracy says Turnbull

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I don't think you're given Turnbull enough credit here, although I may be giving him too much. He's saying you have to be prepared to sue these people because if you don't then you obviously don't care that much about protecting your content i.e. if you cannot be bothered with enforcement then don't expect us to do it for you. He also pretty much said as much. He also stated that if they want to be taken seriously then the content needs to be made available affordably etc so as to remove the incentives to pirate. Seriously, from what he's stated he's on the ball with this one and actually gets it. He knows suing your customer base doesn't work which is why he suggest both it and the making it available line. He's openly stating the two avenues they can pursue - litigate or yield to the inevitable. You want piracy to decrease then either slap down potential customers or give them want they want. He cites the example of the music industry that went all out on the litigation front before realising that it didn't work. These are not the words of a man who doesn't get it. At some point he may well be brought to heel by the leadership as uncle Rupert will be getting very traumatised by these statements and that will look like an about-face although I hope he stands his ground.

Brandis is the one that needs a good shoeing. That a*sehole thinks everything can be fixed by a new law and the removal of rights and freedoms - a real sh*tbag make no mistake.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

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Re: Not surprised, but...

@btrower: Step away from the kool-aid.

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Forrester says Australia, not China, is next boom market for cloud

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Re: What boom Market?

I think the gist of the piece is that you can sell the same shit you do to other westerners for a much fatter margin in Australia.

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Lower prices are BAD FOR CONSUMERS, says Turnbull

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Re: Not so 900lb Gorilla

Your visions of a competitive marketplace ever happening in Australia are sadly misplaced. Please stop reading those stories from other countries with competition and dreaming your frivolous dreams. You have 4 banks, 2 supermarkets (that also own most general retailers, the DIY stores and the boozers) and 1 telecoms company. What more could you want?

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Not so 900lb Gorilla

"Vulture South has noted previously that the government's multi-technology model puts its entire broadband policy at the mercy of Telstra's goodwill, because the VDSL portion of the network can only exist with co-operation from Telstra.

The incumbent has no incentive to play nice, however, and has in the past stated that it won't play along with the multi-technology model if it can't get the full value of its agreement with NBN Co and the government for its shareholders."

However the Government can also get shitty with Telstra if it wants. As such there is a fine line to be walked by both sides. If Telstra wants to play the belligerent tough guy role it could easily find itself split into two separate companies like BT with suitable legislation to prevent abuse. Then it is long-term f*cked as its wholesale business has value but the retail section isn't worth much at all on the grounds of what a shite service it offers.

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Being 'So Polite' while they throw you in jail

I think it is also because half of them have an arse the size of a 3-seat sofa and would cause untold damage to the flimsy cars if struck.

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How long is too long to wait for a security fix?

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The great home network

Unfortunately, as you have already said, many people do not upgrade a single component. But who can blame them? For years they have been sold the promise of devices that just work with minimum configuration and so much of the blame is with the manufacturers. To be honest, most home users would likely screw up an upgrade anyhow - impatience causing them to turn things off etc as well as some devices having less than stellar interfaces.

I'm with the other vendor whose attitude is predominantly to force an upgrade on you. To be honest I cannot blame them as supporting multiple versions is a lot of work and encourages people to stick where they are thus cementing the problem in. You pay your money you take your choice. However, whilst this is fine in the home environment I don't think they would be able to sustain this in the SMB sector with their higher end gear. Not owning any of the rack kit I cannot say what their attitude is there. I am fine with upgrading to the latest and greatest after a few weeks so that any issues can emerge - been bitten far too many times by early adopter eagerness (which can leave you as a beta tester with some companies) to do otherwise. I wasn't too impressed with their fix which took too long (in my opinion) to release given they only did a recompile with a change to a switch.

When the openssl issues emerged the first thing I did was to close all ports maps on the router and leave nothing exposed. It was a pain in the arse but with heartbleed you just knew a script kiddy would get you with a port scan. I looked at my logs as soon as the fault was reported and witnessed scanning occurring from Rackspace hosted boxes in the US - that's when services were shutdown quicksmart.

After this episode I've now brought everything back with only SSH passed through and all other access via openvpn with an up to date install of Gargoyle on my home router.

Going forward there is a clear issue here - as these devices become more feature rich (with more attack vectors) and more accessible to your average user we are now left with a situation where, just like with the dreaded Adobe flash/reader pairing, these things need to self update unless told otherwise because the owner just won't be doing it and we don't want to be left with our data being scanned by someones convenience kit. As for the IoT, internet connected fridges and the like can kiss my arse because they will never have a place on my network.

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Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax

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Re: Tax????

But was it free? Lots of EU states have good healthcare, although not measuring up in that report but they charge various explicit levies to fund it. How does that work in comparison?

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Stop begging, startup-land, and start YELLING at Catch of the Day

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Welcome

Welcome to Australia. Hand over your hard-earned and take it like a man. You are a cash-cow to be milked by big corporates in the land of plenty (but not of competition). Tony salutes you as he tramples over your peasant tax-bitch corpse.

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THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy

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Re: Storage cost

"Average assets of UK adult March 2014 = £147,000 (source: AOL), of which £20,000 savings"

Yep and there's quite a few people in the UK with hundreds of millions in savings (they probably use cash or 'cash equivalents' in the metric), wonder how this affects that "average"? What you want is the median assets. Always. The mean is then useful for comparison to show the skew. This is irrespective of with savings or without savings as it then gives an idea of the inequality we all know to be present.

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Australia gets spooks' charter, new leak penalties

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Re: And so...

...and it still wouldn't stop the next Edward Snowden.

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ISPs haul GCHQ into COURT over dragnet interwebs snooping

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Re: Court case

WIth regards RIPA it is also likely that good buddies GCHQ and NSA have a tit-for-tat arrangement where "you spy on our citizens and we'll spy on yours". One of the many benefits of the five-eyes relationship.

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