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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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IBM spends holiday season wrangling e-tail FAIL

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Re: Whatever,

"the key one is the ability to return items uncontested if I change my mind for any reason"

Unless you use Steam...

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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

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Re: Graham the blind squirrel finds a nut...

" This implies complicity from the backbone provider, and in that case why bother to hack it in the first place?"

I don't see why. The NSA (via a suitable front) rents some space on the fibre, same as any other tier one...

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Anyone else want to ask their IT equipment maker of choice if they've fixed the holes since 2008 ?

I've started https://twitter.com/thefalken/status/418054762936799233 :-)

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Re: It's like reading a CDW catalog from evil mirror-world!!

I assume he just means 'too low to hear'

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Get lost, fanbois: Nokia pulls HERE Maps from Apple's App Store

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Re: OOh lets dangle the maps

Your kid clearly needs a games console, not a computer then ? Or just get him a Steam account...

There are non-offical-TLG EV3 software environments that work fine on Linux, for a start.

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Samsung: Men, our Gear smartwatch will make you a hit with the sexy ladies

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'taking surreptitious photos and video of her '

Srsly ? Geez ...

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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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Well, that's just plain bollocks if you are talking to an HTTPS site. Unless TalkTalk have access to a trusted SSL root cert., in which case in short order it'll be revoked.

Friends don't let friends use HTTP - install HTTPS-Everyehere.

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Censoring the internet is a problem even if you are not child. For instance an abusive partner can prevent access to rape self-help and support services and call it 'protecting the children'.

Not a good place to be- have you donated to the Open Rights Group yet ?

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Cops cuff 4 in £1m banking fraud malware case

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Re: "hoodwinked by malware-carrying emails purporting to be from their banks"

Real users don't even know where to look for the pad lock for HTTPS... you are assuming way to much.

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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It's not normal for the fake SSL certificate to be signed by a normal registrar, as opposed to some internal CA.

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Exploits no more! Firefox 26 blocks all Java plugins by default

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Re: UI Design Principle Fail

Don't touch it, and it goes away, and the content doesn't run.

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Re: Party like its 2003...

Flash has less vulnerabilities than FireFox itself on your chart :-)

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Helghast-ly holiday: Killzone Shadow Fall

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That many stars for a game you can't complete without using Google because they left some instructions out ? Really ?

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Bedtime stories

Indeed. The best counter to hate speech is more speech.

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Indeed. I just asked my normally privacy and rights upholding ISP (Zen) the same question. Hopefully I can just stop using their (will be broken) DNS and bypass the prompt.

Remote sites are going to be a bit more high risk - at some time X all their remote access will vanish ?

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Kobo Arc 10HD: The bookworm's fondleslab?

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Plus my Kobo Touch reads PDF perfectly well, and I assumed it was the same Reader software at heart

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Indy devs to AOL: Save Winamp, or at least make it open source

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Re: Media Library

Amarok. Runs on Win32 now...

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Half-blind Glassholes rejoice! 'Prescription' Google goggles a-comin'

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Re: Catering for all ages

That's basically what happened for car insurance, right ?

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Sony patents LASER-FIRING Wi-Fi SMARTWIG with sideburn buttons

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Prior art

Looks like a SQUID from /Stange Days/ ...

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HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

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Never mind that, where can I^HSanta get that keyboard for using with OpenELEC ?

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Pakistani phone-buyers will need skin in the game with biometric buying plan

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Un huh. And people will just buy phones for other people.

Waste of time and money.

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We go joyriding in the Google Maps-killer's ROBO-CAR

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Same reason Google does - to do triangulated near-by-WiFI to lat/long conversion without waiting for GPS to warm up.

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Firefox's plugin-blocker slams into beta - but don't jump for joy, Flash haters

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Re: FLASHblock also blocks the FLASH advertisements

How come you can't disable images any more then ?

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