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* Posts by Tom Chiverton 1

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Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please

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wtf

" only then to see readers pass on dedicated ebook gadgets "

I rather enjoy not having to charge my Kobo for weeks and weeks at a time.

Vs. my tablet which always seems to be flat.

Guess which one goes on holiday with me !

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

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According to that status page, auto-scaling has bee broken for two weeks now as well.

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Intel disables hot new TSX tech in early Broadwells and Haswells

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BIOS update ?

It's a CPU microcode update isn't it ?

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Intel admits: Broadwell Core M chip looking a bit thin, no fans found at all

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Re: "devices with batteries that are half the size but deliver double the run times"

Aye; although Intel is worse than AMD, we're still screwed till someone sorts out display technology.

And I'd still rather have a same-sized but four times longer lasting battery, thanks, much like how I don't need yet another thin phone which barely lasts a day.

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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Re: Real user names??

Google+ doesn't have that policy any more.

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Oracle Database 12c's data redaction security smashed live on stage

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Re: Hmmm not so sure

Indeed. Oracle's own docs (http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/database/options/advanced-security/advanced-security-wp-12c-1896139.pdf) say "Data Redaction does not prevent

privileged users from connecting directly to the database and running ad hoc queries that back into pieces of sensitive data ( ie. it does not stop exhaustive ad hoc queries or other inference attack ). "

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Flying United Airlines? If you could just scan your passport with your phone, that'd be great

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Re: RFTM

You can already check-in online and go directly to the gate area (with hand luggage). You can even drop suitcases off the day before.

None of this needs a photo of a (my ?) passport to be taken by anyone.

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"That is not to say, however, that you can now leave your paper passport at home. The phone image will not pass for TSA identification "

So what exactly is the point ?

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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Apparently, HTTP2 still has the 'allow interception by default' privacy-destroying auto-proxy 'feature' too...

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Ethicists say Facebook's experiments not SO creepy

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What about OKCupid who deliberately sent people on dates with people who they weren't compatabile with ? That's the opposite of the service they payed for...

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

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"“Sharing a proportion of your wi-fi with Fon is safe and secure as any external usage is sent through a separate channel on your BT Home Hub meaning your activity stays private,"

So we wont be arresting people who run Tor exit nodes then ? Who wants to be *that* test case...

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Still bust here (Manchester)

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Re: Flash on Linux

Gnash fails to run just about every non-trivial Flash app I've slung at it.

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Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

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DARYL

Seems like all the antitheft and so on is defeatable with chewing gum. Their not stupid enough to make this joke default to not starting, right ?

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Shift over, TV firms: LTE Broadcast will nuke current mobile telly tech

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Re: Think motorsport

That's what the Kangeroo system you used to be able to get for F1 did. But Bernie kicked them out and no one else has stepped in. Maybe there is no market after all ?

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IPv4 addresses now EXHAUSTED in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Re: BT

BT sell football for a living, internet access is an extra...

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Re: hahahaha

No.... having every device in your house internet routeable by default is not a secure plan...

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Xamarin: Design an app for Windows, iOS and Android ... from one codebase?

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Re: Adobe?

Adobe AIR did and still does, when paired with Apache Flex allow this. It's incorrect for the article to state "It is not possible to develop native code for iOS without using a Mac to compile and build" as I've built .dpg on Windows.

You only need a Mac to upload to the App Store right at the end because Apple are cocks.

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TrueCrypt turmoil latest: Bruce Schneier reveals what he'll use instead

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Re: Whoa there

"In terms of functionality, TrueCrypt fell somewhere between EFS and Bitlocker. It allowed you to have a single BLOB containing many things, but that BLOB could not contain your host operating system."

Wrong. TrueCrypt provides full (hard) disk encryption.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Post removed, Google cache : http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:e42hUS4OyLAJ:www.jessechen.net/blog/freeing-your-online-graduation-pictures/+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=ubuntu

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Google clamps down on rogue Chrome plugins and extensions

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Re: Conflict of Interest?

Or turn on developer mode and use an unpacked extension, which bypasses the restriction.

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Chip and SKIM: How dodgy crypto can leave shoppers open to fraud

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Re: internet bank...

Barclays dongle has already been cracked - you can pre-generate a roll of numbers to take away with you.

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Feature-phones aren't dead, Moto – oldsters still need them

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Re: Background?

Pad, not screen.

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Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches

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"Upshot - if Lavaboom does not have my keys as they reside with me (outside of Germany), am I not safe? "

Nope, you have the Hushmail problem - they can (and were) forced to deliver malicious code when certain people logged in that saved plain text versions.

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Amazon buys Comixology for content crossover capers

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Maybe they'll finally do an MP3 and go DRM free to save the expense of whack-a-mole with lawyers...

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

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malloc() on your platform might, but openSSL have their own wrappers around it, and cache the allocations before calling down to the O/S, so it neatly sidesteps that protection.

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'Yahoo! Breaks! Every! Mailing! List! In! The! World!' says email guru

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Err, so isn't the fix that MailMan etc. need to rewrite the DMARC/SPF headers ?

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Steelie Neelie secures MEPs' support for 'net neutrality' – in principle

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Re: Net neutrality nonsense

" traffic should be treated equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference, independent of the sender, receiver, type, content, device, service or application"

So spam filtering is against the law then ?

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Pointless wrangling

"I would only buy an ebook if I knew for certain that I can strip it clean of DRM. No matter what the legislation says."

This. I want my book to last longer than one company, tyvm. Hence a Kobo and a copy of WINE for Adobe's Digital Editions and some Python. Win.

There was some fuss about Adobe forcing a quick-march upgrade on the publishers to a version that didn't WINE. VirtualBox would be required then I suppose.

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Reality check: Java 8 finally catches a multi-core break

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Re: Good performance? Scalable?

"Of course Java is going to be slower, C++ is compiled to machine code for the CPU it's running under.. not byte-code ran in a VM that's different to the host CPU!"

Come back when you understand how modern JVMs work. Wikipedia hint: JIT

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Mastercard, Syniverse target holiday payment security with mobile verification system

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"Finally, if going abroad give the customers an easy way to inform the bank, we are going to be in country X between Y and Z."

Barclays let you do this online. Which is probably why they didn't panic and send me a SMS alert when I payed the builder in cash the other week...

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Mens sana in fibro sano: Virgin Media network-level smut filters are ON

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Because it doesn't send a message, in terms of cold hard cash, that you do not want your internet censored.

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Zen FTW

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Discuss all this and more with Phil Booth in person this Tuesday in Manchester : http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/164318842/

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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Re: I doubt that you ticked opt out

Although https://www.faxyourgp.com/ makes it even easier.

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Don't forget to pop in to Manchester next week for a talk on this very topic !

http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester/events/164318842/

Phil Booth from http://medconfidential.org will be on hand to answer all your questions, along with someone from the ICO.

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Google's revamped JavaScript engine cures Chrome's stutters

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Re: Warm up your engines

That's what asm.js is for

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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Two upcoming events in Manchester : http://www.meetup.com/ORG-Manchester

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Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

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Hang on. I show someone a *picture on my phone* and they hand over money to me ? There must be more steps here, right ?

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

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Re: meet the Law of Unintended Consequences...

Bricking your own phone is one thing. Having someone else pretending to be the police and bricking any phone they like ? That's another

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Why Android ? Wouldn't flogging a SteamBox make more sense, especially with their own store ?

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BT-owned ISP Plusnet fails to plug security hole on its customer signup page

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Re: Barely News. PlusNet and Security are Mutually Exclusive.

Nice astroturf.

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So Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor walk into a bar

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THE WORLD REALLY NEEDS...

Another web site that hides core navigation behind a non obvious hamburger icon in a random corner

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SAY MY NAME, ALIEN SCUM. NASA to send 'you' into SPAAACE...

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It's a bit misleading not to even link to http://www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/bennu/ which is what you actually need to do.

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Modern spying 101: How NSA bugs Chinese PCs with tiny USB radios - NYT

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Re: So. Where are the pictures?

People who are likely to notice this sort of targeted attack aren't targeted by it. Simples, and obvious.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Re: Open source [...] makes everything more secure

"The commit would be traceable"

No one ever found the source of the Linux kernel back door though did they...

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US Supreme Court to hear media barons versus TV upstart Aereo tout suite

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Re: I suspect that the Aereo sea-of-paperclips antenna arrays are fake

Maybe there is a single large amp and rebroadcast array pointed at them - after all I don't know many datacentre's that already pipe coax down from the roof.

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Virgin Galactic's supersonic space ship in 71,000-ft record smash

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Re: What is the long term goal?

They do have a neat side line in the launcher business...

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Dell confirms Chromebook for Blighty

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And/or Linux and get a nice fast laptop for hardly anything...

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Re: a token offering meant to be ugly?

"like their hidden overpriced Linux laptops,"

There aren't any for the UK market from Dell.

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