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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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Re: Making things simple

"Do you still get out of your chair to push buttons on your TV and DVD players"

Yes! Mostly when I can't find the bloody remote!

There will always be a need for direct, manual control.

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Hong Kong protest puts mesh nets to the test in state censorship smash

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What incitement? The protest leaders have been very clear about being non-violent, instructing protesters to show they are unarmed (hands in air) and retreat when threatened. Trouble started when the police surrounded protesters in a small area.

Now the police have retreated, the protesters are calm, peaceful and tidying up, recycling rubbish.

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

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Re: you might spend a million on another jewel-encrusted skull

@Tom 13 - re: the rich are "the ones who build and manage the factories where the middle class works"

Well, I'd say most of the jobs in the factories would be working class, and the middle class would be the factory managers, but that's a minor quibble.

What you're saying is that some rich people buy the luxuries and others do the investing, but I think that applies at any level of society. If people have a surplus, some will fritter it away on frivolities, others (or, perhaps, the same people at a different time) will invest it in the future - maybe a few shares, or a pension fund, or a tractor. We don't need rich people to provide investment if there is a surplus among the lower classes.

So, the problem is not a problem after all.

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Re: Ditch the white cat, please

"If you want to stimulate the demand and economy, you make sure that the middle class gets money."

Especially THIS part of the middle class. I've got this compelling evidence that giving money to me is more effective at stimulating the economy than giving it to anyone else.

More seriously, if you're mega-rich, then you might spend a million on another jewel-encrusted skull (it's art, innit!), making a starving artist rich. However, that same million spread among the middle class buys 2000 fridges, keeping a whole factory of workers and their suppliers working.

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iPAD-FONDLING fanboi sparks SECURITY ALERT at Sydney airport

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Re: No controlled explosion?

"bill the lad for all the money spent" - It wasn't his fault that someone designed the security barrier with a hole in it. Bill the security officials who didn't put a guard there to say, "Oi, you! You're not allowed that way!" and give them a good talking too.

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Welcome the world's new Most Phished Country: Australia

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Re: I saw a (on the surface) farily well-branded 'Woolworths Customer Survey' phish.

"weeks binning the official internal bulletin"

and you only noticed when they congratulated you on your increased productivity?

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Bruges Booze tubes to pump LOVELY BEER underneath city

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Re: Infrastructure

I suspect some extension to RFC 1149 would allow beer to be transported, though you would probably need RFC 2549 for QoS to ensure the carriers were suitable for the packet size. I believe engineers at Monty Python have extensive experience in Cocos nucifera drupe loading of both African and European carriers that could be applied.

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Sun of a beach! Java biz founder loses battle to keep his shore private

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Re: Federal law from late 1800's applies

Good, but I guess that doesn't include the beach, or the road to the beach. Unless there are some really vicious rocks offshore, the water is still perfectly accessible by water.

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London slaps down Salesforce's bid to rename Heron Tower

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Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

@AC, LCC -> GLC - Have an upvote for pointing out my name error, but Mayor Ken didn't abolish the GLC, Thatcher abolished it to get rid of Ken.

So, now the Greater London Authority is the relevant body. Why can't they just stick to one, sensible name… mutter, mutter

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Re: The naming rights of an edifice.........

@AC, "Why do politicians…"

Well, this isn't ordinary politicians, it's the City of London Corporation, which is a sort of club for big business leaders where they can join Guilds and dress up as a medieval pageant. They only control the Square Mile; London County Council has responsibility for the whole London area.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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So, you're saying that the rich countries, as societies, have enough resources to eliminate poverty within their borders.

Yet, the distribution of resources is so unequal that some people within them suffer poverty: malnutrition, homelessness, disease.

Also, to say that inequality was extreme in William's time is misleading. Odo might have owned 11% of the wealth of England, but the difference from the poorest peasant in term of healthcare that bought him or his loved ones was minimal, plague and gangrene killed rich and poor, and Doctors hadn't a clue how to treat them.

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The British Museum plonks digital bricks on world of Minecraft

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didn't copy the UK? Re: @ MyffyW

Too right, the first one is called the Tube. It's really difficult to mis-type that as Metro.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: about that International "Space" Station...

Hey, don't complain; you're still alive, aren't you? What more payment do you want?

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Damien Hirst, eat your heart out - these guys chop up TAXIS

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Pure Genius!

Not for recycling bits of old vehicles as furniture and whatnot, which, as illustrated by many other commentators above, is quite a common idea. Yes, it's creative, and can be quite cool, but not genius-level, blow-your-socks-off creative.

The real genius of the "100% Design" exhibitors is persuading someone that *their* creativity is worth a X00% markup.

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Ten years on, TEN PER CENT of retailers aren't obeying CAN-SPAM

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Who does the law protect?

Opt-out doesn't work. Proving that someone broke the rules is too difficult and time consuming, and they've already made a profit by selling the lists on to an "unconnected" company.

Responsible marketers follow the rules, irresponsible markets don't follow the rules and don't get (consistently) punished.

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Credit card cutting flaw could have killed EVERY AD on Twitter

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A Win for Users

Fantastic! A researcher discovers a vulnerability, reports it, the company concerned immediately fixes it and pays a reward. This is going to start a positive trend in responsible reporting, with security benefits for end users.

Oh, no, wait... nevermind.

Where's the cynic icon?

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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NUDE SELFIES + 2FA

I'm proposing the nipple as a biometric. It has obvious advantages over other biometrics - you leave fingerprints on everything you touch, and every CCTV catches your face, but the nipple is far less exposed.

I'll need funding for an in-depth study into whether nipples are unique and unchanging, using online resources and selected focus groups.

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Re: Geological Sources

So, the presence of pizza on a planet will prove there is life.

Therefore... We should check the delivery schedules of all the pizza restaurants?

"So, you want one deep-pan Super Hawaiian delivered to Alpha-Centuri, uhh, can you spell that?"

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Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer

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Re: I'm getting stabbed...

It's wonderfully ironic to use a flaw in your attacker's weapon to get them, but this isn't "reasonable force". It is more like you see someone with a knife trying to sneak up on you and, instead of stepping behind your knife-proof door, locking it and calling the police, you pull out your own weapon, saying, "come on, if you think you're hard enough". You have a safe choice: not "following" their instructions, but you take a risky choice with increased chance of damage on both sides.

If you try this, you'd better be damn sure you're better than the attacker, or you'll find they've planted some evidence to make it look like you infected their machine with the tool before trashing it.

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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If there is a spike in baggage thefts...

you'll know the terrorists are trying to source the explosives for their next attack.

No, I'm sure my coat was lighter.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: RE: what I would like to know.

"rituals associated with the dead and visiting the bones on feast days"

You mean like the Day of the Dead in Mexico and Grave Sweeping in China?

Next you'll be telling me about a religion that ritually re-enacts eating the flesh and drinking the blood of their god.

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Re: what i would like to know

@bill 36 - they didn't say which religion. Pagan is just a generic term for a broad group of indigenous and historical polytheistic religious traditions. Anyone want to discuss whether they could have been atheists?

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Forget silly privacy worries - help biometrics firms make MILLIONS

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Re: " FINGERPRINTS"

And yet, you leave them on the handle of the shopping trolley, and the items you picked up and put back.

Like faces and ubiquitous cameras, they never were secret, but it is the combination of frequent reading and linking to other data for unknown purposes that is a concern.

Now, where's my shopping gloves and mask?

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Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS

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Careful with that tagline...

"Weighed several adult elephants"

Now I have a picture of a group of dinosaurs, some bloody big scales and a queue of elephants.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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Re: Would the US risk a diplomatic incident?

Of course you don't scramble interceptors to force Snowden's plane down. All you need is a special ops team and a SAM, and you blame it on convenient locals… "There was a previously-unidentified separatist Russian-speaking Pole terrorist group…". Don't forget to liquidate the special ops team when you're done.

I really hope I'm joking.

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Microsoft's Office Delve wants work to be more like being on Facebook

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Did anyone consider security?

So, you put all your business documents into MS's cloud, and your information then goes looking for the people who need it most… like your colleagues, contractors, suppliers, customers, competitors, criminals.

Of course, each company is going to have its own silo, but some company data is not supposed to move freely within the organisation (HR, R&D), and some documents are destined to go outside, but a draft letter is not the same as the final copy. So, it will be down to individual users to change the permissions on individual documents as they are created and completed. What could possibly go wrong?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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The final conclusion

"Perhaps instead of being told what to do, we have to work it out for ourselves on an individual basis?"

But isn't that how we got into this mess in the first place? Lots of people doing what they thought was best… with the result that people good at seeing and fixing problems became plumbers and engineers, people good at caring became health workers, and people good at parasitising became Captains of Industry and the Government?

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Re: Pegging order?

Marjorie Proops is another euphemism, like Joe Orton, right?

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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Re: Solution in search of a problem

Except that car accidents are more likely to have a survivor capable of calling for help, and a smashed car is more easily seen and reported by other road users. Cyclists are the most vulnerable road users and can benefit most from this.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Re: Give rhe devil his due .,,

For terse Linux error messages, only one beats:

LI

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Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

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Re: "In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group..."

Meanwhile, ISIS has decided to rename itself the Sunni Orthodox Freedom Terrorist Conglomerate Attaining Devastation, "to avoid confusion".

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Epiphany hits Raspberry Pi founders, users

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So the kids can watch the YouTube videos talking through how to flash lights and spin motors?

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: ANY photos of GCHQ staff?

EssEll, I used the pedant icon, would the joke alert have been more helpful?

Yes, I do think the police can tell the difference, but crimes should not be defined in a subjective and arbitrary way. Anyone who wants photos of the buildings or staff to do bad things can probably think of many less-obvious ways of getting them. If such a person was caught, the photos could still be used in court to demonstrate who they were targeting, and linked to other evidence showing their bad intentions (e.g. stockpiles of explosives and weapons), regardless of whether taking the photos was illegal. The heavy-handed, "You're not allowed to do that" is to intimidate people who might ask awkward questions.

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ANY photos of GCHQ staff?

So you can get arrested for a birthday or wedding group photo with GCHQ staff in the background?

How far does this extend from GCHQ? Does this make all photography in the UK illegal, unless you ask all subjects, "are you employed by GCHQ?" first?

At least it should make it difficult for the police to take photos or videos of the protesters (who might just be staff waiting for a bus).

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Belgium, man, BELGIUM!

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Love XKCD? Love science? You'll love a book about science from Randall Munroe

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Re: Oxford Electric Bell

You need a phone that rings continuously for a hundred years?

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Missed an example...

Siri, ask Hal to open the pod bay doors please.

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If people will watch a fish playing Pokemon on Twitch, then some people will want to watch Siri playing Angry Birds. Why, I don't know.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Einstein didn't wear socks

so that proves it.

Proves what? Well, whatever you want, really.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Would you do that by GPS, or by a camera recognising which side of the road you are driving on?

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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I was going to suggest deliberate sabotage by GPS, but your's is more likely.

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BOFH: We CAN do that with a Raspberry Pi, but think of the BODIES

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Re: If you're going to worry about their tech selection...

Arduino? Just a toy… get a bunch of Siemens PLCs, one for each floor, and wait for Stuxnet and a drone attack. No need for a bulk carpet order.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Back in the good old days

Unless you are a professional driver, why do you take 5.5 hours driving London to Glasgow when you could take a train in about the same time?

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New voting rules leave innocent Brits at risk of SPAM TSUNAMI

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Re: Old data on 192.com

I just checked myself on 192.com and found they have my name on a company directorship. I'm assuming (not wanting to pay them) that this must be the only directorship I've held in the UK, for a Resident's Association over 20 years ago.

I wonder how far back their records go… maybe I'll search for William the Conqueror next.

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Re: DPA

The Electoral Register has always been open for the public to check, and there is a very good reason for that to continue. If the public cannot check it is accurate, elections can be fixed. I know of cases where dead people have 'voted'.

Now, it would be nice for the DPA to be used to say, 'this data can only be used for Election purposes. Anyone can check it to make sure the election rules are followed, but not use it for anything else', but it is difficult to prove where the data came from in court.

Perhaps the databases should be seeded with canary names, any use of those by marketeers gets a swift prosecution?

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

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Re: Two factor ...

No, the username is NOT securing anything. It is an identifier, and not secret. It isn't hidden when you type it in, there is no expectation of secrecy.

Actually, I find it convenient to use an email address as a username. It is guaranteed to be globally unique, and I don't have to remember that I was adyer1234 on site A and adyer4567 on site B. If I'm worried about spam, I use companyname@mydomain.com and I get a clue who resold my address.

If we want to be secure, we need to insist on using 2048 bit RSA for logins instead of passwords.

And your title? If you are suggesting that you wrote anything about Two Factor Authentication, you are wrong. A username + a password is a single factor: something you know. Two factor is any two from Something you Know, Something you Have, Something you Are.

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Re: Chris Miller Re: @J.G.Harston

Which is one more reason why 'verified by Visa' is bad.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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Wishes for a fair trial

If he is Stammer, and he abused the children, then he should go to jail for a long time.

On the other hand, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Maybe he really is Kevin Hodges, and just happens to look similar to Stammer 14 years ago. The information released so far does not offer any corroboration.

Whatever the result, this case is likely to be quoted as a statistic in favour of deploying more facial recognition, and false positives will be ignored or downplayed.

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Japanese boffins invent 4.4 TREEELLION frames per second camera

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Re: Speed of light

They've been using this camera in Hollywood for years to shoot all those laser weapon scenes.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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Press 1 for English, 2 if you are in a fatal accident...

I don't think adding an extra step in emergency calls is helpful. Every so often, we get a news story about a toddler who saved a life by making a "Mummy won't wake up" call. The more serious the call, the more likely the caller is in shock, distressed, or confused.

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