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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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This one?

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SACRILEGE! Hitchhiker's Guide game's back ... and it TWEETS at you

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Leather goddess

I seem to recall this had the same engine as Leather Goddess of Phobos. Now there are a set of achievements we should tweet about. Nice gorilla.

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HTML is a sexually transmitted disease, say many Americans

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OSI

People don't need to study preposterous acronyms.

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Winklevoss twins flash their Winkdex at Bitcoin price-trackers

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Winkledumb and Winkledumber

So these two olympian blue bloods have all the breaks in the world and they still fail to have any real clue. Someone else who isn't doing it to make daddy proud will do it better and make billions.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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But...

Tl;dr

But does it run Linux?

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London calling: Date set for launch of capital's very own domain name

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Utter guff

That is all

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Google promises 10Gps fiber network to blast 4K into living rooms

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640k ought to be enough

This program won't be here past the end of the millennium so let's save a few bits on the date.

In the future there may be a telephone in *every* city.

If you build it they will come.

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A Year of Code timeline: History of a HYPEGASM

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Rory

Rory Twitter Jones is a fantastic example of the sort of person who should not be reporting on tech. I recall the days when a journo was expected to have a basic understanding of his field however Rory is just another mac user with Fry scale incompetence whenever he strays too far from the press release he is regurgitating.

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Super Bowl's SUPER BALLSUP: CBS broadcasts Wi-Fi password

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Not .1x

So that is a shared key which means it isn't really secure anyway. If they cared about security they would at least have individual logins using radius or similar.

Probably the key to the guest internet access rather than something useful.

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Facebook's dying? HA! Get ready for another DECADE of us – Zuck

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Ad based revenue

Worked fine for Yahoo!

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Big tech firms holding wages down? Marx was right all along, I tell ya!

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In soviet Russia

The amusing irony was that the communist government of Soviet Russia did exactly this sort of wage fixing on a continental scale.

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IBM reveals radical email interface rethink

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Nope

Not aimed at you guys. It's aimed at the chimps in sales and the orangutangs in marketing who might feel better about their company not having outlook like the cool crowd if they have some sprinkles of useless social on their email client.

Same people who got iPhones because all the plebs in IT had a blackberry.

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Valve showers Debian Linux devs with FREE Steam games

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Clever girl...

Get a bunch of dedicated volunteer developers interested in you platform. Genius move.

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Icahn slurps another $500m in Apple shares, demands buyback AGAIN

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He's a tool

He isn't an activist, he has no socio political agenda. If he was buying shares to pass a motion to get production on shored to the US or improve conditions in the Chinese factories he would be an activist investor. This guy is just a tool trying to squeeze as much juice out of a successful company to line his own pockets. Let's call him what he is: an investment troll.

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Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

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Bags?

The middle car has a monkey on the bonnet showing it is clearly a busy day at Longleat and the cars are nose to tail so this driver has no escape when the monkey rips his wiper blades off and proceeds to masturbate on the windscreen.

It happens.

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Devs write 'film my shag' sex app for Google Glass

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Mike Humphries

So if your partner is wearing glass as well does that mean you can switch to her view and see your awful cum face?

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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This isn't money

By the very inflationary nature of it this is just currency rather than money. Money is something with intrinsic value whereas currency is just a number. If we took away the need to mine for bitcoin currency then anyone could do what governments do and print more money, this just puts in a process to slow that down and control the inevitable inflation.

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KC engineer 'exposed unencrypted spreadsheet with phone numbers, user IDs, PASSWORDS'

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Re: Where's the story?

Two hashed passwords are compared. The password is neither stored or transmitted in plain text. Perhaps it's PAP you are thinking of?

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Drug dealer demands jail to escape 'unbearable' missus after NYE row

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I must be in a minority

I actually like my wife and enjoy spending time with her. Weird eh?

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Google poised to become world's first TREEELLION DOLLAR company?

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Penny stocks

Same principal as the penny stock scam. Buy some stock then create a buzz so price goes up. Sell stock and profit.

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Assange flick The Fifth Estate branded 'WORST FILM OF THE YEAR'

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The reason...

Most Americans won't watch the Fifth Estate because they missed the first four movies already - nobody likes sequels anyway.

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ENISA wants mobes to wander freely between carriers in emergencies

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Emergency OK. Otherwise not.

A 999 call should roam on any provider, I have a feeling it already does. Emergency services should have their calls prioritised and be able to roam on any network.

Joe Sixpack shouldn't, there should just be regulatory and customer penalties for service providers who fail to provide a service.

As anyone in IT will understand, if everything is a P1 you don't understand priorities.

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Bill Gates orders HITMAN to KILL right-hand man STEVE BALLMER

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Re: XBox One vs. Playstation 4? Or...

Tl;dr

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If this doesn't terrify you... Google's computers OUTWIT their humans

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Huh?

So where is the documentation? This will never be passed into service as it is a support nightmare.

</humour>

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India's Martian MOM lays another perfect orbital egg

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It's not rocket surgery

There is such a tiny margin for error in this approach what we should all celebrate in India's behalf if they pull it off. I recall a comment about the US moon landings that said it was like firing a pin at a pea from across a football field using only a slide rule.

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DropBox puts locks on doors, hopes biz bods will buy the house

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Re: And still no client-side encryption?

I manage fine with Dropbox following symlinks, that is all my Dropbox folder contains: symlinks to a whole heap of useful folders and files including some config files I like to mirror across machines.

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'A measly 3 Instagrams? NO!' Sexy selfie Snapchat spurns Facebook's $3bn

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Forever blowing...

Tech's forever blowing bubbles. Nerds come up with stuff then sales chimps tell the world it is a revolution and people who know nothing about tech buy in to it. Eventually the accountants point out there is no real money to be made and lots of people realise they were fleeced.

We have seen it before from infrastructure to software to Web 1.0 - the whole Web 2.0 thing was just clever sales speak for 'this time you won't get boned I promise'

Notable exceptions are those services that fill a need or create a need while making actual money cf Google, Facebook.

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Martian MOM LAYS another EGG in SPACE - but it's not big enough

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Re: two coils

They should compensate.

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Google 'fesses up: Yup, we're KILLING OFF IE9 support for Gmail, Apps

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The big surprise here...

The big surprise for me is that there is an IE 10 and 11. Not used a computer with it installed since IE 9 was "the next big thing".

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'It's a joke!' ... Bill Gates slams Mark Zuckerberg's web-for-the-poor dream

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Apples and oranges

One wants to eradicate horrible diseases using personal wealth and the other(s) want to use corporate resources to increase the number of users of their systems and so increase their advertising reach and revenue.

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Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Obvs

Obvs use a prepay amazon card to pay for your aws account

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Errr

1 set up aws account

2 script setup of ssh server

3 tunnel your traffic to it

4 terminate the ssh server and refresh daily

5 block that fuckers

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David Brent's office to host VMware's hybrid cloud

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IT Angle

Tenuous

Is Slough the sum total of the David Brent angle? Wernham Hogg exterior shots were done using 40 Liverpool Road which is a Kall Kwik sales office.

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Boris Johnson's ex-right-hand man's right hand lands johnson in web slip

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Forget the member...

The photo is not the problem, it is the fact he is so flagrantly denying it despite the evidence. As a politician he has lost the trust of the public. Had he said "yeah, bit embarrassing eh, I made a mistake" then he would have done nothing wrong but lying in the face of the evidence is ridiculous.

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Apple: Now that you've updated to iOS 7... YOU CAN NEVER GO BACK

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News flash!

It's only a phone. Enjoy your weekend.

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BlackBerry inks deal to go private for $4.7bn

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Nice one, fellas

Blackberry is the classic self fulfilling prophecy. It has taken years of pundits saying they are going down the tube to discourage people from buying them and ultimately lead to their downfall. Expect the same from iOS now as Steve's death will of course lead to the downfall of Apple in the creative mind of hacks everywhere.

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Cisco email accidentally sent to 1000s of employees causes message list MAYHEM

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Re:

Jess, I call bullshit. What mail system sends mail it has not received yet. Did you put 4tb because it sounds impressive rather than realistic?

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Xbox One launch date REVEALED - and it's on the 360's birthday

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Playstation?

You can say what you like but nobody* bought a playstation since the PS2.

* for statistically significant values of nobody

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

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A few ideas...

Button

Allows

Lohan

Loss

Cause

Orbital

Clean

Kill

Manually

Undergo

Free

Fall

Destroy

Iridium

Verson 2

Extremely

Rapidly

Jetison

Iridium

Safety

Module

Ejector

Jetisons

Every

Conceivable

Trace

Of

Rocket

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

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Hidden cost?

What is hidden about this cost? Are you so smart that you are the only one who has figured out that your data might be compromised if you share it. News flash, stuff in the paper isn't confidential either.

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Don't want 'free' stuff?

If you don't want free stuff don't use it, simple as. Ten TB is a lot of space for all that junk data that you don't want to delete but also don't want clogging up your own spindles, just make sure you run it through some fairly hefty encryption. If the PRC want to brute force your 2048 bit encryption keys just to see your archive of holiday snaps then let them. Meanwhile if the data has any commercial value you will have it stored locally somewhere that has good information security and physical security principles applied.

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Title

In soviet Russia...

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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Twerking

You mean twerking does not mean using twitter while you are supposed to be working?

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

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So what we are saying here...

So it looks like all you need to do is be very contentious in your comments. The people who disagree with you will seed you with down votes and that will cause the people who agree with you to up vote you and that will lead to a feedback loop of aproval.

Sent from my Blackberry, still the best smartphone on the market.

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E-reader barons file FCC plea to opt out of disabled-friendly regs

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Here we go

So this is already a thing that kinda exists http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braille_e-book - build it please, Amazon, and they will come

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If there was a market

If there is a market for something it will probably exist. Given that Ebooks are just text files with a lot of DRM it is up to the likes of Amazon to produce a device that renders the same content via audio or Braille, can't imagine e-Braille would be that hard to achieve.

If they did that then there would be no need to make their device good for everyone.

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WikiLeaks: Manning guilty verdict sets 'dangerous precedent'

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Ecuadorean couch surfer yells 'me me me'

Expect a statement from the lady bothering Ecuadorean couch surfer every time Manning or Snowdon so much as fart. The soap dodging sofa slumberer is looking for any excuse to raise his own profile now that he has realised we don't care about him and don't pity him for running from a rape allegation.

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Brits: Give us £1m and we'll build a crack ALIEN-HUNTING TEAM

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Alien

Non random signals from far away

OK, so assuming that we can tell the difference between a random and a broadcast signal here's the problems:

1) Power

Given the distances involved the power of the transmission would have to be huge. Remember that radio disperses like any wave and in this case in three dimensions. Unless it is very directional the further out it gets the more the signal decreases.

2) Time

This signal will have had to be broadcast quite a while ago. As we only listen to a small part of the sky for a relatively short period of time the broadcast would have to be pretty much constant for thousands if not millions of years way back in prehistory to stand a chance of arriving during the brief window when we were listening.

3) Frequency

Doppler shift is likely to be a problem as well. As the universe is expanding we can assume that the source is moving away from us so the wavelength of the transmission will be far longer than during the original broadcast. This brings us back to if we can actually detect it.

As for the challenges of actually detecting it one commenttard said he could tell that a radio broadcast in another language was not random. This is because it was audible in a recognisable language. Imagine it's a base 3 encoded digital transmission of direct brain waves, that is likely to look a lot like pure entropy.

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Re: Seti@home

That may be true but it's extremely expensive to do anything about it if they *do* go wrong. Your CIO either has balls of steel or [s]he's an idiot.

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Ecuador: Snowden is Russia's problem

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Billy no mates

Sucks to be him. Also goes to show how unimportant the lady bothering Ecuadorean couch surfer is.

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