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1968 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

You'd better get out before the sync 'n' share bubble POPS

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QNAP have it on their boxes too. A DNS Alias type arrangement and you connect to your own storage. Phone apps for various aspects including basic management, sharing etc.

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Turnbull gave NBN Co NO RULES to plan blackspot upgrades

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Surely it's cheaper to just buy Telstra and take what you want?

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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Re: My thoughts exactly

Agree regarding the media and password changing. I thought myself, and have also seen other articles confirming it, that a lot of sites may not be patched so going straight out and changing everything may not be wise as you may be changing a safe password and getting the new one hoovered up. On this front the LastPass security check has proved handy.

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iiNet to Senate committee: metadata retention an expensive joke

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Complicit opposition

The capture of the opposition by the spy agencies in this scheme just proves how many skeletons are obviously in their closets.

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Hey, Michael Lewis: Stop DEMONISING Wall Street’s SUPERHUMAN high-speed trading

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Re: Speed is also part of the problem

I saw the argument that longer quote times effectively result in market makers being left with stale quotes in the market. The best suggestion I've seen so far was for a quote:trade ratio which some exchanges have enacted. Not perfect, but a start.

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Hardwired crypto certificate FAIL bricks Juniper router kit

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Re: at best...

In the UK it is impossible to sign away statutory rights. T&C are thus irrelevant if an offense has been committed.

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Australia's opposition backs warrantless metadata collection

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In answer to the first question, it is because this is to be used as a way to control dissent and you wouldn't want legal oversight on that would you? It never ceases to amaze me how Stazi-like the behaviour of Western *cough* Democracies has now become. I think even the most hardened post-war privacy invading eastern block nutcase would be amazed at what they now get up to in the name of saving us from events rarer than lightning strikes.

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Re: It's Time

"It's time for us to yell "NO!" at the top of our voices, shatter the windows of parliament with the sound of our indignant rage, and deafen those who have the "born to rule" mentality. "

It is now impossible to shout loud enough to even momentarily disturb the pigs feeding at the trough of taxpayer funding. What with Can-do Campbell paying himself just shy of 1 Obama (new wage metric for pollies) and the Mad Monk on well over an Obama there's no stopping their single-minded and blatantly open piggery.

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Surrender your crypto keys or you're off to chokey, says Australia

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Re: For information

Independent and yet established by Government. We'll see how independent that ends up.

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Alibaba float could make Facebook's look like small change

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Re: Alibaba actaully sells stuff?

Use Alibaba express for smaller quantities else it's wholesale.

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My work-from-home setup's better than the office. It's GLORIOUS

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@Ledswinger: A truly ignorant response. Beancounters control the purse strings so best of luck getting the purchase signed off. You also neglect the fact that most managers are ignorant to the need for better kit whilst making sure they have something way beyond what they need for email and internet sat on their desktop.

"If the IT department were competent they'd stand up for workforce productivity"

and they'd be promptly ignored like they are in most other regards.

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: Short-sighted

Yep, when you cut rates you just get to keep the shit as the capable are already out of the door. That's capitalism for you.

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MtGox, that bastion of unregulated e-currency Bitcoin, turns to Texas judge for protection

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Re: Perhaps someone can explain to me...

"The US will still know, that you transferred the coins, however. All transactions are registered forever in the blockchain."

Surely all they know is that someone transferred the coins, not necessarily who?

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Distro diaspora: Four flavours of Ubuntu unpacked

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Old hardware

I may be wrong, but from personal experience Ubuntu doesn't generally work on older less powerful hardware unless it has a PAE enabled/compatible processor. I think anything up to 11.10 going from my experience with a T42.

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"

@Steve. I'm sure modern processors on machines on which this is likely to be used can cope adequately especially when it tops out below 0.5GB/s but I'm willing to be educated given the past failings of USB 2.0 with redards sustained transfer rates. Although you can chain thunderbolt this device has to be at the end as it has but 1 port. Also, being portable, how likely is it to be on a chain rather than just a portable add-on? All of which does not add up to a £150 premium.

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Re: "that’s a serious amount of money"

Problem is that anything with a thunderbolt interface is likely to have a 5Gb/s (theoretical) USB3.0 port in which case any premium for thunderbolt - especially a piss taking one like this - is unjustified and utterly pointless.

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Windows XP market share GROWS AGAIN, outstrips Win 8.1 surge

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Re: end customers haven't pulled their heads out of their arses

Whilst some have noted that people won't upgrade what already works and has been working since they bought the machine it resides on another thing worthy of note is that, when upgrading an OS, 3rd party software manufacturers normally take the opportunity to fleece you for a new version of their product and everyone knows this. Just one more reason not to bother.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Re: "caught by surprise"

This ^^^

Ponzi schemes also trade right up until the last moment in order to squeeze every last ounce of capital out.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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Re: @Mark65

@Trevor:"This is a very simple question with a defined set of parameters. It isn't a broad question about the entire industry. It isn't a question about other companies or other people. It is a question about me, my circumstances and the advantages - or not - to me and my company."

Oh, but it is. I would like to use whatever office package I like matching such criteria but if every other bastard is using Office and I need my documents to come out formatted exactly as intended (some formatting I've seen is just ridiculous) then I am effectively forced into this realm. This affects a person and it affects a company likewise. If compatibility is not 100% from a WYSIWYG perspective as the original author intended then it's not good enough for me and I don't care whose fault it is, my time is too precious to spend reformatting documents/workbooks/whatever. That is why I reiterate that it is important that the Government leads by example and breaks this cycle.

I don't disagree with your standpoint, just that it's more ideal-World than real-World at the current time. You can make your choice and your stand but it takes a shift in momentum, that something like Government can provide, to turn this ship around. For the monopoly to be broken there has to be a viable alternative (check) and a move by major users to shift momentum (almost check).

I also don't buy on popularity (I got it courtesy of an employer provided MSDN subscription) but I do want that compatibility and Government mandated standards will force that to happen.

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Re: Open Source Means Choice

@Trevor: You're right in what you say but there is a difference between the casual/home user and the business user. The business user sticks with Office as other businesses steadfastly use it and therefore it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. For some there is a deep and pervasive investment in macros whether for better or worse. That businesses use it so extensively effectively forces it onto the citizen. This is exactly why it is up to Governments to enforce open standards and break the cycle. The added benefit is that, hopefully, it should save taxpayer shekels - not that we'll ever get a rebate - and promote greater data freedom as open standards gain greater adoption. It also means you constantly have an advantageous licensing negotiation position.

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Update your Mac NOW: Apple fixes OS X 'goto fail' SSL spying vuln

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Re: Piss poor reporting

They also fixed it by mandating that all iOS users bar 3GS owners had to upgrade to the Fisher Price monstrosity that is iOS 7. No 6 fix for you.

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Java or .NET bod in the Midlands? Congrats - you've got a DOUBLE DIGIT payrise

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Re: Infrastructure ?

Which is exactly why such companies and, in my opinion, most companies should become more flexible about how much time their workers need to spend on site. I've had many IT roles where one or two days a week would have been enough for large amounts of the year but it was a mandatory every minute of every working day spent onsite. 2014 and still the practicalities of IT are not being leveraged.

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G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Profit maximisation is an oft quoted, or rather mis-quoted, obligation for companies. They are actually required to run the company in the best interests of the shareholders and I would argue that pissing off tax authorities the World over is not aligned to that objective.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Re: Explanation?

@Corinne:"All very good standing by your principles but in the long run it means you don't get the job, it goes to someone who was willing to hand over the data."

Brilliant. Show me that person and I'll happily abuse them and pay them fuck all because, after all, they're glad for the job. One born every minute and workhouse employers thank you for your compliant attitude, desperation and lack of dignity and self respect. Personally, I'd tell them to go get fucked and be happy with the result.

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SA Plods plonk boots on privacy principles with fingerprint scanners

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Re: Who cares?

Errr, because once they get stored (prints of every citizen?) you could then get picked out in a weak match (5 or 6 points) and get brought in for questioning over perhaps a child murder and have to effectively prove your innocence. However, no smoke without fire in the public/your neighbours' minds. After all, they have a match and you were home alone watching TV.

Is it clear yet?

Your post is yet more evidence of how cognitive thought deficient some of the public really are.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Huge relief

It's certainly a step in the right direction. Cannot for the life of me understand why the author was miffed at the lack of SD card slot. Don't think that's really the target demographic.

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Whitehall and Microsoft negotiate NHS Windows XP hacker survival plan

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No shit. I want onto this gravy train. Sounds like you can make good money showing even the slightest hint of competence.

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'No, I CAN'T write code myself,' admits woman in charge of teaching our kids to code

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Re: Few CIOs or VP ITs can code

@Lusty: The beauty of these types is that you don't get to agree. You don't get consulted. You just get told "we've promised X to dept Y in timeframe Z". When that impossibility is not met despite you flogging your guts out, then you get asked the magic question. You also get made out to be the "he must have agreed to it" arsehole that couldn't deliver. Please don't assume these people consult the minions. Shit flows down and praise flows up.

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Tuesday declared 'The Day we Fight Back' against NSA et al

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Re: killakrusty Jon Smith IQ19 Don't bother.

@killakrust: If you haven't worked it out yet, Matt could start an argument in a vacuum - whether it be invalid or not. You know the type you used to meet at school who would argue away until you gave up as it was all pointless at which point they'd happily feel that they'd "won" thus justifying their position.

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China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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Re: Erm...

If you owe the bank a billion you're probably one of their senior traders these days.

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Erm...

"America will continue to print money until China gets totally fed up with them & royally fuck them up. Which China can do right now if they really want based on the volume of debt they hold for the USA."

There's a saying in finance that goes along the lines of "if you owe 100,000 then the bank owns you, if you owe 100,000,000 then you own the bank"

China holds so much US debt in order to keep their currency from appreciating which would destroy their exports, and appreciate it would have under normal conditions. The flow is US buys Chinese goods, then China buys US debt to neutralise the currency movement. They need a cheap yuan/renminbi which means they shed only crocodile tears.l

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Apple’s Mac turns 30: How Steve Jobs’ baby took its first steps

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Re: MacBook Air

Especially given it sounds like it should have wings.

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When ZOMBIES go shopping: 40m Target customer breach? That's NOTHING!

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Re: Have I got this right?

"If the POS terminal at the register was hacked, you're hosed no matter what. Card details and PIN, the bad guy has them."

Which is why, in most other countries, the card hardware is separate from the POS terminal and is a closed system. It gets passed the amount and passes back information on verification. If the POS terminal is hosed then who cares?

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US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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Re: The big issue in a nut shell

But, as stated, there was no evidence whatsoever that it has helped prevent anything thus far including Boston. So it is largely pointless. Restore privacy please.

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EU gives Google JUST WEEKS to submit stronger search biz concessions

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Re: DuckDuckGo

I went Duck Duck Go too but then decided I didn't like searching, I liked finding.

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Atlassian's UK-IPO plans: Smart business isn't a disaster

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Business friendly

GDP growth like that mentioned is of little relevance to a company selling its wares globally. Corporation tax rates, laws, and (to a lesser extent) inflation rates/cost of living on the other hand are much more important.

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HP clampdown on 'unauthorised' server fixing to start in January

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Re: legal? We shall see

I'm sure the EU are watching with interest.

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Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

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Re: FBI in doing same thing twice shocker!

A mole would seem the obvious source.

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Tube be or not tube be: Apple’s CYLINDRICAL Mac Pro is out tomorrow

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Yep network storage, 'cos that'll just be so fast. Have a look at someone like Chase Jarvis. Does pro photo and video work. On his blog he has details and videos of his company setup. Mac pros with locally attached graid drives. Networked storage is only used to copy to and from, not for working on as it is too slow.

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Yahoo! boss! Mayer! sez! soz! for! lengthy! mail! outage!

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Re: Yahoo layout boohoo

Don't need to pay any more. Since gmail has let you have free imap access Yahoo's pay model died on its arse. I don't pay and can get imap access. Give it a whirl.

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Turnbull's NBN is startup-land's litmus test

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Your issue with large data sets is not necessarily solved either way as it is more dependent on the asymmetry of the connection. I already have 30 mbit/s cable as a download but with only 1 mbit/s upstream. It is this asymmetry that's harms businesses as they will tend to have or need more two-way traffic.

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Snowden latest: NSA stalks the human race using Google, ad cookies

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Firefox addons like better privacy etc should deal with these.

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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Re: CryptoLocker

Just curious, but why/how were admin rights available to install software in the first place on the work laptop?

+1 for disciplinary event comment above though.

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World-leading IT expert? We'll fast-track you into Blighty, promises PM

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Re: The wages are rubbish - so is the tax

2 things...

1. If you're any good then go contracting and that $125k Aussie salary will look like peanuts.

2. Don't forget that the Aussie salary looks good now due to the exchange rate which can go down as well as up. Around 2000-2001 the Pacific Peso was 3:1 to the Pound. That's your GBP40k right there.

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Haitian snapper humbles photo giants AFP, Getty Images in $1.2m copyright victory

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I'd like the Government to make it illegal to strip the metadata from uploaded material. Effectively creating orphan works in order to directly benefit from the process is a despicable act and a taxpayer funded body like the BBC should be dealt with harshly - our funding, so stop trying to rob us you thieving bastards.

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: Do you need a degree to...

Total myth. The best programmers I've ever worked with were physicists, mathematicians and, of all people, an economist. People with CS degrees rarely featured. If you're smart and have the aptitude you're there, you don't need to have backed yourself into an alleyway by doing a CS degree.

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Australia's States in online shopping tax grab

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Re: Save us all money

Agree wholeheartedly. As for...

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation has reported on its radio news that state treasurers are offering to look at scrapping taxes such as stamp duty on new homes, if the federal government is willing to play ball.

That was the condition for them originally getting GST revenue as far as I'm aware, and offering to look at something is not offering anything at all - thieving little parasites should get their accounts in order. Despite having huge mineral wealth states like QLD are still $80bn in the hole.

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Microsoft's APAC president denies price gouging in Australia

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"That inquiry conducted public hearings in March 2013, at which Microsoft Australia's Pip Marlow appeared and said she was content that the laws of supply and demand would determine whether Australians are asked to pay too much for Redmond's wares. If Microsoft does overcharge, she said, customers would vote with their wallets and buy rivals' products."

If it were really about supply and demand they would vote by buying the same products from other channels around the World but they aren't allowed to. That is a form of price fixing.

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Price rises and power cuts by 2016? Thank the EU's energy policy

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Don't worry

The windmills will save you all!

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Let police track you through your mobe - it's for your OWN GOOD

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Re: Sensible approach

and to make the process more efficient for when you do dial 999 the exact location of your phone should be tracked all the time thus not wasting valuable time when that vital call goes out. Can't see a problem myself.

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