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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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The funny thing about the tired old BMW jokes is that they are out of date. All those particular knobs have migrated to an Audi, probably thanks to those adverts a few years ago that featured some sales type dickhead implying that all sales type dickheads drive BMWs while Audi drivers are all Mother Theresa.

The only BMW centric bad driving I tend to see these days usually involves older bimmers driven by twats who think that the propeller badge automatically makes their car an M3 and every road the nordschleife.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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Re: Not playing, had enough several years ago

What a niaive AC you are. Of course the internet is a business. It takes money to run that business. If you don't like the advertising that's fine, block it or ignore it as is your right. But just as it is your right to block advertising it is the content provider or hosts right to put it there in the first place.

Films are chock full of advertising. Are you telling me you don't watch any film with product placement? If you are you must not watch many films at all. Sometimes product placement is more intrusive than an ad break. Shoehorning action or disalogue to fit in a product plug can be much clunkier than simply having a pause for a 30 second advert.

And as for your battery of tools, that would be much more intrusive to you browsing enjoyment than the adverts themselves. But then I suppose having your tinfoil hat slip down over your eyes is pretty intrusive too.

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Pretty pointless service really. Firslty Google's banner ads aren't particularly intrusive and are, therefore, easy to ignore. More intrusive ads are the main reason people use ad blockers.

And secondly it only works for Google served ads, I'm betting Google's advertising will only mention that in the very small print.

But really why pay Google to block their own ads when you can get several perfectly good ad blockers gratis?

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BEST EVER broadband? Oh no you DIDN'T, Sky – ad watchdog

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I'm tired of all this moaning about the use of the words "up to" in broadband advertising. We're not stupid. When we see and advert for a sale with "up to 50% off" we don't complain we've been misled when the item we buy is only discounted. When we see an advert claiming we "could save up to £250 on our car insurance" we don't complain when we only save £25. Why? Because we speak English and we understand what the words "up to" mean.

One thing that would be nice is a ban on ISPs advertising services in areas where they don't offer those services. We've all seen the billboards advertising fibre speeds where you can only get plain vanilla ADSL at a maximum of 8Mbps.

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Erm, you are aware you can get BT Sport on Sky aren't you. Sky OTOH have plenty of exclusive channels. The thing I don't get is why somebody would get broadband based on what TV channels they can get with it.

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Re: Really?

You say that like you think a Draytek is in improvement over a cheap shitty home router. Nope it's just a different cheap shitty home router.

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HACKERS can DELETE SURVEILLANCE DVRS remotely – report

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Connecting your security DVR to the internet is beyond foolish.

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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If they've already settled out of court then the ink is dry on that contract and as such they should have to pay. However the US legal system is such that crooks can legally buy their way out of criminal charges by paying off victims, so nothing would surprise me about that system.

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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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How do you know it was the same cable?

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Re: So...

Yahoo! Mail is very definitely free. BT give you access to free Yahoo! Email with a BT domain name. When you leave BT your email just keeps on working even though you're not paying them a penny. Free.

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Re: So...

So your UK based business is so tight that it relies on free mail services from a US based business. Recommend that as a business you use business grade services rather than cheap residential grade services. And while you're at it I also recommend you put a little effort into finding out what services you're getting. Reading your contract would be a start.

I work for an ISP and I'm constantly annoyed by business customers who pay for residential services and then moan that they're not getting business services.

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That's not an intrinsic part of TCP/IP the protocol is irrelevant. You are right though it should be possible to reroute the traffic either automatically or manually to work round the break. Sounds like penny pinching to me.

The thing is though that this is what you get for using low cost or free services. What's the SLA on Yahoo! Mail? Customers complaining probably never checked when they signed up. Guaranteed percentage uptime? Guaranteed time to restore service? Compensation for outages? Bet there aren't any of those in the contract.

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repair

They lift the fibre onto the ship, trim the ends and splice it. Job done. Can be a real pain in deep water.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Did you read my post? The lookup is for the dialled number and the originating number. Destination and source. This is very common and not unique to 111 & 101. Plenty of businesses will try to route you to your local office in a similar way.

The lookups for 999 as every source DN must have an address lookup for 999 (not mobiles of course). It's up to the service provider to supply these details.

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Surely they don't rely on a single call routing database? As far as I can see the only thing that could cause an outage of NGN routing on this scale would be the loss of the database that ties the non-geographic numbers to ordinary directory numbers - depending of course on the source number. That being the case it makes you wonder why it took so long to get it back on line.

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: BBC documentaries Or Channel 4's Grand Designs

Documentaries (and some other shows) on commercial TV are considerably worse than the BBC equivalent as they lead up to every ad break with "coming up after the break" and follow every ad break with a recap. Consider how short the gaps between ads are getting on some channels then take out the recap and preview section of each segment and then take out the ads and the opening and closing titles and work out how much content there is in an hour of commercial TV documentary.

The beeb make a lot of their programmes forty-odd minutes long in order that they can be sold uncut to foreign broadcasters. However it still doesn't work very well, watch old BBC shows on channels like Dave or ITV 3 and the cuts to ad breaks seem abrupt and somewhat arbitrarily placed.

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Use home networking kit? DDoS bot is BACK... and it has EVOLVED

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Re: Passwords? We don't need no steenkin passwords!

I never ever understood why a home router would have admin enabled on the WAN interface. Then again I've never worked on one configured that way out of the box.

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It's a shocking thought but BT home routers don't have a standard default password and do get updated automatically.

On the subject of default passwords every manufacturer could do what BT and some other ISP do and ship each router with a different default password. Sure it dores't prevent the device being hacked, but it does make it that bit harder. Malware authors like other crime tend to go after the low hanging fruit so just making things a little bit harder is sometimes all it takes to stay secure.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Your dad wanted it turned off? In that case he would lose his own FON access. At least back when I was a BT customer it was a condition of you FON access that you kept the FON hotspot enabled on your router. Switching it off disabled your access to other peoples FON hotspots.

Oh and before anybody points out that unlimited BT broadband comes with unlimited BT WiFi access that does not apply to FON. Or at least it didn't when I signed up to FON as part of my BT broadband. Having said that as soon as my exchange went LLU I left.

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ICO: It's up to Google the 'POLLUTER' to tidy up 'right to be forgotten' search links

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It's already been said, but I have to say it again. Google did not produce the content so how exactly can Google be the polluter?

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Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs

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So let me get this straight. An update to fix a slow wake up results in a two hour boot time?

It just works.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Single gender recorded visual content for sexual stimulation? Doesn't make much of an acronym though.

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@Tom Chiverton 1 sure it's not just you? Was working for others in Manchester yesterday.

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New BOMB detect-o-tech 'could give sniffer dogs competition': TRUE

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"One part per billion would be akin to a blade of grass on a football field."

I worry about the accuracy of their research if they think there's as many as a billion blades of grass on a football field.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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The people who think that this is somehow a sinister new development are missing something about the way the police operate and have always operated. When investigating a crime it has always been common practice to investigate known local criminals, criminal groups and criminal families. After all if a crime is committed on the turf of a known criminal group then the police would be foolish not to investigate that group. This is using technology in a similar way.

And those who think that this could be used to secure a conviction haven't got a clue how the courts work.

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Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

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"Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway? It might be owned by someone else, too

Remote code exec in HTTP server hands kit to bad guys"

or how about "Own a Cisco modem or wireless gateway with HTTP server enabled? What sort of moron are you?"

Fixed it for you.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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"According to the cops, Hayes, who was seemingly happily married for 17 years and had five children, had a "prostitution relationship" with Tichelman – whom he met via the website SeekingArrangements.com, which matches up "Sugar Daddies" with "Sugar Babies.""

Seemingly being the significant word there. And if he was out there actively looking for and paying for whores who's to say he wasn't also into recreational drug use?

If one thing (his marriage) isn't what it seems then it's not too much of a stretch to wonder whether other things weren't as they seem.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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Youtube for one seem perfectly willing and able to block content in specific countries. Why can't farcebook do the same?

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

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Who's dumber, VM or their users?

Look at the commentards who change DNS providers every time VMs DNS goes down, and then switch back as soon as VMs servers are working again. How many times do Virgin's DNS servers have to play up before these idiots realise they're better off changing DNS servers or better yet changing ISPs?

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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"raise awareness of the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landings in 1969."

Since when was the 45th anniversary of anything at all significant?

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Re: The Stasi

I thought everything was state owned and controlled in the old DDR. As such there was only one entity - the state - as such it could not have any sub contractors.

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"These include Linux Journal, which the code calls an "extremist forum," "

Well of course you're an extremist if you run Linux. If you support Linux or any other open source or free software then you are not doing your bit to support US corporates. As eny fule know failure to support US corporations by throwing money at them is exactly the same as being a communist islamist jihadist fundamentalist.

And who knows maybe those last four words together will put me on some NSA blacklist. And El Reg with me if you're not already there.

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Like frozen burgers, 'Bigfoot' DNA samples have a touch of horse

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The people who "know" Bigfoots (bigfeet?) and Yetis exist are surely no different from those who "know" that god or any other deity exists. If the latter can continue to believe without supporting evidence, why can the former not do the same?

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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I work for an ISP and this week we have had any number of calls that start with "Are you having any network problems at all?"

The answer has always been no. In most cases it's been a perfectly normal circuit fault, but there's no doubt that the number of "no fault" calls we've received has gone up this week. I think we can lay this firmly at the door of the media's reporting of the BT outage at the weekend. As soon as somebody has a problem whether it's a webpage not loading, a genuine connection problem, a mistyped URL or anything else the user is assuming it must be an outage on the scale of BTs problems on saturday.

BTW Virgin's DNS has been ropey for as long as I can remember.

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Google policy wonk patronises Brits over EU search biz probe

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Google weights it's search results on what users have clicked through to before, yes? I've never quite understood why this would be considered good practice in two areas.

The first being that I want the best match for my search, not the ones that people making broadly similar searches have clicked on before. Often you have to go down a page or more to find a page containing your exact search term.

The second area being commercial, and it's not just about Google pushing their own services. Once something gets to the top of the search rankings it's hard to get it off there simply because lazy idiots don't bother reading the results that just click on the top ones. This has a positive feedback effect on search rankings. This not only means that Google's own services will be hard to shift from the top of the rankings, it means that other popular businesses will stay at the top of the rankings even if there are better competitors around. All of which has the result that companies pay to have their search rankings skewed by various means. Which in turn means that the supposed theory behind Google's search rankings being the best way of doing things gets blown out of the window by the fact that the more money you spend the further up the rankings you go. As such up and coming companies stand no chance even if they provided the best product or service unless they can find funding to distort Google's supposedly impartial search results.

Oh and I haven't used Google for quite a while for the first reason I mentioned.

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Amazon sues former employee who took Google cloud job

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I've always had a problem with contractual terms such as this; Firstly because all bets should be off as soon as your former employer stops paying you, the contract should only be enforcible so long the employer is keeping up their side of things - that is to say paying you for the work you do; And secondly because in many specialized jobs the only people you would be able to go to work for are the competition. IOW such contract clauses are specifically designed to prevent you finding alternative employment and are, as such, unreasonable.

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Amazon reseller lobs sueball at etailer and Apple over listings yank

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Regardless of the merits of this particular case it highlights a problem with systems like this.

The Takedown Notice is a common theme on the internet and it always seems to follow the pattern of takedown first ask questions later. As such it is open to abuse. Got a competitor who is causing you problems? Fire off a few takedown notices. Even if they are proved to be invalid damage will have been done to your competitor and their only recourse will be a lengthy and no doubt expensive court action.

When considering allegations of counterfeiting we should compare the situation with that of the patent courts. How many actions are taken for breach of patent which subsequently fail? Such patents disputes require court action before anything happens, why shouldn't retailing takedown notices be subject to the same constraints.

The simple solution is that takedown notices such as this should not be actioned without a court order. Indeed it should be an offence for such action to be taken without a court order.

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London teen charged over Spamhaus mega-DDoS attacks

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"Vulnerable individual is a generic term to mean not just an under-18, but someone (possibly over 18) with learning difficulties."

No. It is a phrase used to mean an individual who is vulnerable.

Simple.

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BT at last coughs to 'major outage' after broadband went titsup across UK on Sat

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Re: Wasn't a DNS issue...

"I got called into work as our primary BTNet wasn't routing data, as wasn't the backup BT Infinity"

You use a home broadband product for work?

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Eggs and Baskets

I have never relied solely on my ISP for DNS. Using your ISP as primary DNS is probably best from a performance POV, but why have the same provider for secondary (or even tertiary) DNS?

What amazed me about so many commentards on saturday morning was how many of them thought they were smart because they knew how to change DNS servers, but were still dumb enough only to point themselves at one DNS server.

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BBC: Bumpkins, hobbits need fairer coverage

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"Many rural licence-fee payers gave the thumbs down to the BBC’s reporting of the badger cull, arguing they invariably pictured healthy or “fluffy” badgers and failed to represent the farmer’s point of view, and the arguments for the cull."

So the assumption of the report's writer seems to be that the majority of it's 12 million rural licence payers are actively involved in dairy farming? The author obviously knows less about the country than the rest of the BBC.

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'Our entire corporation cannot send or receive emails from Outlook'

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Re: There are always trade-offs

It doesn't matter what the basket is or where you keep it, you still shouldn't put all your mission critical eggs in it.

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It's a Doddle: Amazon inks train station parcel deal with Network Rail

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Hold on though. Which stations are actually run by network rail? I thought they'd farmed most of the stations out to be run by train operators. As such shirley network rail have no say over what goes on in those stations.

Most of the stations hereabouts are unstaffed anyway, but neither of the two that are are operated by network rail.

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Toshiba's CB30-102 13.3in Chromebook – imagine a tablet with a keyboard

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There is a way to get a cheap Chromebook with reasonable specs. I got a seconhand Acer Aspire 5738G, dropped Chromium OS on there then "restored" Chrome OS - easy if you think about it. And tried a Chromebook for a few weeks without the expense.

My conclusion was that a Chromebook is a very useful thing for travelling if you don't already have a laptop. If you've got a desktop in the office and a desktop at home then a Chromebook is useful when you're on the road. However if you already have a laptop your existing laptop will do everything a Chromebook will. So I can see a Chromebook for people with no laptop (either those who have desktop(s) or nor computer at all) but I don't see a Chromebook as something that would be of any use to somebody with a laptop already.

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Re: Sadly

Some people hoped from day 0 that the Chromebook would be a way to get hold of a cheap laptop to install Linux without paying for a Windows licence and as a result that's all they see. Of course a laptop designed to run browser apps is never going to have enough RAM or disk space to run a full blown OS, but these people just can't get that stupid idea out of their heads.

Or maybe it's a case of hope springs eternal, but if it is why criticize Toshiba for building a laptop to suit Chrome OS rather than another OS? Why not just buy a laptop suited to your chosen OS?

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

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Re: Windows 8, the triumph of marketing over common sence.

Odd isn't it that MS were chasing after Android and IOS with Windows 8, but the way they did it made no sense.

They dominate the desktop/laptop OS market so in order to leverage that dominance they decided to totally change the GUI and make the desktop GUI like their new phone GUI. How does that even begin to make sense?

How to make your loyal userbase move with you into a new market? Totally alienate them if you're Microsoft.

After all did Apple try to unify IOS and OSX?

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Re: Wot no Vista?

'S funny, but this laptop still runs Vista and I've never had any issues with it. The problem with Vista wasn't the OS itself it was Microsoft's marketing.

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Is the answer to life, the universe and everything hidden in Adams' newly uncovered archive?

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Re: A great man

Much as I love most of Adam's work reading Don't Panic lead me to a interesting conclusion. And this was that by the eighties he was running out of original ideas. Much of Life the Universe and Everything was as you say largely rehashed from an unshot Doctor Who plot, and as it says in the book you can hear the tyres squealing as the plot is forced to fit the H2G2 characters. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency was essentially a rewrite of Shada.

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish was good apart from the bits that weren't and The Long Dark Teatime of the Soul really worked.

But then we come to Mostly Harmless. In Don't Panic Gaiman suggests that Certain passages in So Long and Thanks hinted at a resentment of the success of Hitchhikers and specifically the expectations of fans. In Mostly Harmless that resentment is almost tangible.

It's sad really. If Adams had completely stepped away from Hitchhiker after the third book I think he might have produced some great work.

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Your devices Heartbleeding - again

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"as it is only possible for him to prove something is vulnerable, he can't prove the reverse."

If we are talking about a specific vulnerability then a simple test will show that something is vulnerable or it isn't. Since in this case we are talking about a specific vulnerability your statement makes no sense.

What we see here (once again) is a security researcher trying to make his research look as newsworthy as possible by exaggerating the scope of the vulnerability he has "discovered". Of course journalists tend to fall for this ploy by simply paraphrasing the press release (some don't even do that) and doing no research at all.

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Don't Panic!

Chrome is the dominant browser in the market now, by some distance at that. Depending on exactly who you believe Firefox has less than half Chrome's market share in third place. Do you really think Google are concerned about Firefox? I'm not saying Google are in the right here, I'm saying that this is the harsh reality of the browser market.

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