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Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

Alan_Peery

Re: Is there a ransom

When leaving a job, benefits go away. So the departing lady would be offered the choice of paying what would be a small refrigeration charge, or letting the eggs go and going back to the standard biological course.

Why do you see this as a problem, unless it is badly administered and choice is not presented to the employee?

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

Alan_Peery

Re: Antactica is melting too

Evaporation from the sea at temperatures close to zero will be low, as the liquids tend not to evaporate when cold.

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Linux systemd dev says open source is 'SICK', kernel community 'awful'

Alan_Peery

Or kinda doesn't. Perhaps we've had a different experience, but can't be bothered to write a detailed list of the 90 times people have helped versus the 5 times that people were less helpful / responded with RTFM / were abusive.

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One million people have bonked on London public transport

Alan_Peery

Re: Card clash detection

But that's not NEARLY enough. Imagine a wallet with an Oyster with a monthly ticket loaded and two contactless debit cards -- not all that unusual a config.

1) Scanner sees all three at the same time -- choose the Oyster.

2) Scanner sees Oyster and card A, the card that purchase the Oyster. Choose the Oyster.

3) Scanner sees card A only. System matches Card A with purchase of single monthly Oyster, choose Oyster -- but see next point.

4) Scanner sees card A only. System matches Card A, card A has purchased a monthly ticket on one Oyster card and topped up a different Oyster card. Should this journey go against the monthly ticket, or the Oyster card presumably carried by a family member or friend?

5) Scanner only sees card B, which has never been used to purchase any Oyster item. Charges can only against B -- or can they go against the monthly Oyster as that has been detected "in the same wallet as card B previously"?

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Alan_Peery

Re: Will Amazon invest in...

> The additional commuter infrastructure required?

From the website about the features of the Principal Place building mentioned in the article:

Cycle Hub

• High quality cyclist provisions at basement mezzanine level, entered via 2 dedicated cycle lifts on Hearn Street, with direct access to and from the main lobby for ease of use.

• 600 bicycle spaces, with adjacent shower, changing and locker facilities.

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Alan_Peery
Unhappy

Unable to vote up due to visual image

Poor hedgehog... ;-(

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

Alan_Peery

420 patent applications

This seems to be a "throw a handfull of darts and maybe one will hit" approach.

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

Alan_Peery

Re: Ignorant about the matter here

> they have to go where the service tells them

I believe they choose what jobs they accept, and this gives them control of where they go.

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Lawsuit claims SpaceX laid off hundreds without proper notice, pay

Alan_Peery

10% fired yearly was General Electric's process for years

I don't know if they still do it, but it was corporate policy during most of the years Jack Welch ran the company.

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Amazon's Spotify-for-books: THE TRUTH

Alan_Peery

> what happens to the books you've downloaded when you cancel the subscription?

A question completely missed out in their video presentation. Technically they could have their reader hardware and software purge/lock the titles if the device doesn't have an up to day "subscription has been paid" ticket. This might be very frustrating on vacation, with your book getting locked because you don't hook up to WiFi frequently when travelling.

Also, what happens with the highlighting and comments? I'd hope they are retained so if you turn off the subscription for a couple of months and come back, your "notes in the book" are still there.

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

Alan_Peery

> Simple: you tell them exactly which of the pages that they have indexed against your name

Bollocks. Complete bollocks.

You're assuming that only one John Smith is listed on the page Google has indexed. How can Google possibly know *which* John Smith the person running the search is searching for?

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

Alan_Peery

Re: It is inconceivable they don't have his emails

Why wouldn't you expect them to keep email for the longest possible interval instead? It would be a very good way of tracking who had what access to what information...

I think your concept of short retention intervals at the NSA is absurd. Short retention in the email client with three separated levels of email archives with separate access control -- that would make sense.

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Space Station in CRISIS: Furious Russia threatens to BAN US from ISS

Alan_Peery

Re: Space Race?

Citations please, with long analysis periods preferably. It will take a while for the additional money circulating in the lower paid part of the economy to propagate into additional employment.

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Nuclear reactor sysadmin accused of hacking 220,000 US Navy sailors' details

Alan_Peery

Any script kiddie -- on the right network?

The article doesn't say how much, if any, of this hacking activity depended on having a starting point inside the military networks. It would be interesting to know if these sites they were hacking were Internet facing, or internal.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

Alan_Peery

Re: Offline functionality...

I'm kind of curious, did you read the first line of his post?

The app has *multiple* functions, not all of them are available offline.

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Yosemite National Park bans drones

Alan_Peery

A total ban is too broad -- flying weekend needed

As someone who hikes into back country, I go to enjoy the sound of streams and the wind through the trees. As someone who likes toys, like most on this site, I think it sound like a really awesome place to fly a drone. It seems one or two weekends a year, timed to be outside mating birthing seasons, could readily allow both worlds.

Banning gas powered drones at all times seems to be sensible, particularly this very dry summer.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

Alan_Peery

Re: Motorcycle blues

Try watching the video again -- the car has the equivalent of eyes in the back of its head as it sees the bicycle moving up from behind. The same will work for motorcycles. What I am hoping they start working on soon is the detection of gaze direction, as that is a more powerful indicator of intent than hand signals.

The laws passed in California, Arizona, and elsewhere are not requiring separate lanes, just driver supervision of the vehicle. This seems to be working well so far.

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Alan_Peery

Re: @JDX

By going through slowly, and only moving forward when there isn't an obstacle, as the current crop of cars is doing.

Watch it closely for a while. You'll see fun things like the madman walking his bicycle against the main circulation of traffic https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pLUm3Q-7iZA#t=43 -- the one with the orange load on his bike trailer. People recognize what direction he is moving, and veer left or right so that 1) don't hit him and 2) give him room to move forward.

Thanks for linking this video -- it's joined my list of favorite videos as a wonderful example of human cooperation.

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Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

Alan_Peery

Re: Bull****

Windows RT doe not run real Windows programs, so I think you've got that backwards.

In short, Pro is a decent tablet, and RT is a Frankenstein monster.

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

Alan_Peery

Re: From the horses mouth about why have a fixed battery

Why don't you change the settings on your phone to turn off the screen unless you touch the screen/hit a volume button? You'd still get audio announcements from the navigation software, recording of the GPS track, and most other things I can think that you really *need* for a heavy GPS usage scenario.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

Alan_Peery

Re: Your observation is flawed

Isn't the scope of the compromise limited to the type of hardware? For firmware devices with a simple process and memory model, I can see the compromise extending to _all_ the memory.

But for other devices, including the webservers at companies, it seems the access would be more limited. How can _all_ the memory be compromised when the OpenSSL library would be loaded inside a process context with memory protection that prevents you seeing the memory of other processes? It seems you should only get it for the particular process(es) using OpenSSL in support of each IP ports communications.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

Alan_Peery

Re: Next step

No, making the current drone fleet illegal is a step too far. Encourage all reviews of this sort of tech to severely mark down any device that is lacking encryption, and then start working on a law that would make it illegal to sell a pre-packaged drone without control signals encryption to take effect in one year.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

Alan_Peery

Re: Battery

And if you want to keep your phone going past three years, assuming 18th months for the each battery? Then you're out of luck.

Assuming, of course, that they replace your phone when you ask the first time -- a situation where you've handed control to someone else.

Replaceable batteries for me...

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

Alan_Peery

Re: Surely India has bigger problems...

And you think that easy access to a broader world won't help change these attitudes? It's exactly what has changed them around the world in general...

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

Alan_Peery

Re: Blocked URLs

Instead of pinging TheRegister for this one, ping your firewall team. They just need to block the video stream bits, and not do stupid things like rewriting the content of the web page.

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

Alan_Peery

Re: Erm... really?

> So in 2013, guess what proportion of Oxfam income came from government? I'll tell you: 41%, amounting to £159.8m.

Interesting. Was there any breakdown as to how much of that was Gift Aid matching? I ask because I personally would consider Gift Aid matching not to be the government funding the charity as such, and more as an awkward patch to the tax code so that income given to charity is taxed less.

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

Alan_Peery

Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode

Which screen rotates at the AltGr <arrow-key> is controlled by where the mouse cursor is.

It can be a bit confusing -- if the result of one rotation changes the resolutions so the mouse pointer moves into a different monitor. ;-)

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Red Hat: We've got a corker for Docker Linux locker app hawkers

Alan_Peery

Re: chroot?

Something more. Linux containers ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC ) and some technology to do packing of what you want in the container ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker_(software) )

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Got 4G? Wake up, grandad. We're doing 4.5G LTE-A in London - EE chief

Alan_Peery

Sounds like your ADSL filter may be misplaced

Even if you're sure it's in the right place, check. Mine got knocked out while Christmas lights were being plugged in, and it took me a while to spot it.

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NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

Alan_Peery

Re: Seems amazingly cheap -- $4.7B, not $40B

The Washington Post is speculating that the mission would cost $4.7 billion. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/03/05/is-nasa-really-going-to-send-a-probe-to-europa/?tid=hpModule_1728cf4a-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e

It's early days, with two major different approaches mentioned just in the article above.

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Fukushima radioactivity a complete non-issue on West Coast: Also for Fukushima locals, in fact

Alan_Peery
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Re: That's not a map of the radioactive plume

Of course, the mouse-over doesn't work if

1) You're using tablet to read the web page OR

2) You're using Pocket to read the article offline on the train OR

3) You don't happen to mouse-over the picture OR

4) You're using the Readability mode of Safari (that's a guess)

This attempt at humor is a FAIL on the Reg's part.

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Alan_Peery

Re: Please remove the graphic, or at least get your facts straight

Well spotted Adrian.

I hadn't looked at the graphic in detail, expecting to see it at better resolution when I read the linked PDF report later. To find it's from something else entirely was disappointing.

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Alan_Peery

Re: Facts- about magnetic beads like TetraMag

> The latest things is apparently these super-magnetic toy balls

> which are "harmful to children", the producer is being shut down

> via governmental lawfare

They are potentially life threatening -- and it's not that big of a surprise, once you hear about the mechanism. If magnetic bearing are swallowed, they can get on opposite sides of bits of tissue in the intestines. With the strength of the magnetic attraction they pinch the tissue, and with normal gastric movements added in you can end up with perforated intestines. Keep them away from young children and pets.

Doesn't mean they should be banned, of course.

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=magnets+perforated+intestines

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Volvo tries to KILL SHOPPING with to-your-car Roam Delivery

Alan_Peery

Re: They need... ability to haul things

The estate cars like the V70 have massive boots -- very handy for hauling things.

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TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

Alan_Peery

Re: Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument

"And the TV company is probably only getting money from the advertisers on the basis of the number of viewers in their broadcast area." Which is unchanged. With Aereo, you could only sign up if you lived in the area of the broadcast signal -- hence, no change in model.

This was actually a shame, as I would have been happy to (at least consider) paying for a "I don't live in Denver but I want their TV" subscription. The segmentation of broadcast rights for sports would have probably blocked this idea anyway...

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Chihuahua TERROR: Packs of TINY hounds menace Arizona

Alan_Peery
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My Chihuahua chased off German Sheperds

It's really funny to see a large dog look downwards at the Chihuahua and then turn away in defeat. If there were thought bubbles, you'd see "OK, I'll go away. Yappy little dog, could eat it in a bite. What is it thinking? Why am I leaving..." with the words getting smaller and smaller.

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Yahoo! Mail! users! change! your! passwords! NOW!

Alan_Peery

Re: @Zama

I agree on the implied linkage -- the end of the Tumbler message issues an apology. If this was a simple third-party compromise like the Adobe scenario that Zama gives, then Yahoo has no apology to make as they would be going above and beyond their responsibilities.

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Alan_Peery

Re: ThirdParty + PlainText Passwords ?

Even if the passwords were stored encrypted, what possible reason does Yahoo (as the service provider) have to share the *password*? Username, etc, makes some sense. Password sharing does not.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

Alan_Peery

I don't think 3 uses any 2G service any longer

They used to piggyback on one of the other services early in their corporate life, but I recall reading of the termination of their 2G contract. Oddly enough, it was about the time when my mobile service at home went from "OK everywhere in the house" to "barely passable, make calls upstairs".

Only reason I stuck with them as long as I did was they were the only ones offering unlimited 3G data at the time of my last contract renewal...

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

Alan_Peery

Could Facebook not use Android intents?

The second point that Facebook makes about having to request all privileges is only true if the app is monolithic. It seems that some of the functions could be split out, optionally installed, and with each separately installed a separate list of privileges could be given.

If they want a level of trust, they could even make these separate bits open source. An SMS-listener that matches only texts from a certain number and them communicates that a properly formatted two-factor authentication has arrived.

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

Alan_Peery

Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod? -- agent arrival

Regarding the arrival of the agents: The story gives the location as Columbus Ohio, where there is an international airport. As the agents arrived "an hour into the show" per the coverage at http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls-fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/, there was plenty of time for them to get just about anywhere in a city like Columbus of about a million people.

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Alan_Peery

Re: But... it is the USA...

You're confused -- those laws aren't there to protect the *property*, but your life and status to be unmolested on said same property. Were you to drive by and see someone in your living room when you knew no one else would be home (including your pets), those laws wouldn't apply as you can leave safely.

Of course, having seen someone in your living room last week would give added credence to the charge of self defense/"Castle Doctrine" should they come around when you are at tome.

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Surface Pro 2 dim screen of death snafu STILL happening after patch

Alan_Peery

Mac Air lacking one thing

The digitizer pen in the Surface allows inking, and Microsoft's OneNote is still miles ahead of EverNote. And with OneNote you can store your notes locally, rather than in someone else's cloud...

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Google gobbles Wi-Fi thermostat maker Nest for $3.2 BEEELLION IN CASH

Alan_Peery

And you couldn't save energy before the Google purchase...

The potential power savings of the Nest were there before the acquisition by Google. What does the acquisition by Google of this company give me?

For that matter, at $3.2 billion, what can it possibly give Google that's worth that much?

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

Alan_Peery

Re: The Google Lock in is almost complete

If I remember correctly, a few months ago it was disclosed that the app makers were getting the real name of users buying their apps -- without the users ever being made aware of this fact.

A quick search turned this article (http://www.csoonline.com/article/728892/google-play-shares-too-much-personal-info-app-developer-says) up. I didn't track what happened after this.

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Malware! tainted! ads! infect! thousands! of! Yahoo! users!

Alan_Peery

Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

Thanks, that was buried deeply enough that I'd not found it.

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Alan_Peery

Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?

While Jess-- above has a neat trick of running an out of date copy of Java, that means a trade off where you still have old bugs and security problems -- albeit only on sites where you're explicitly allowing. Has anyone created a browser extension like Flashblock, where the functionality is nicely integrated with whitelisting capability? Chrome is all I need at home...

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Pinterest who? EU rules social network CAN'T trademark its own name

Alan_Peery

Re: Shakedown time

And where does Premium Interest hold that property? Only in the UK? In the countries where it has a customer? Where it has significant market share? All across the EU? Into ICANN DNS territory?

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Alan_Peery

What law & what locality?

Are you proposing to disallow the Pintrest (US) company use of http://pinterest.com?

Are you proposing that all trademarks suddenly become worldwide?

Are you proposing that all European citizens be blocked from http://pinterest.com as PIntrest (US) don't own the European trademark?

If the EU can shut down a website operating in the US, then logically Lichtenstein can do likewise...

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