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Chinese 'Sogou Explorer' browser sends URLs to parts unknown

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Ffs

The browser uses a cloud service to check for malware. It seems entirely reasonable for it to send URLs to the cloud for checking. Just because it's China doesn't mean it's the secret police. More investigation needed rather than scaremonger churnalism.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Give everyone in the UK the vote

That should sort it quickly. I would vote for the People's Republic of Scotland under Chairman Salmond. When the economy tanks I plan to buy up cheap property there.

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Let XKCD's Randall Munroe satisfy your curiosity in this excerpt from his book, What If

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Why buy the electronic copy of things from a website?

1) the guy has to make some money somehow

2) there is content in the book that is not on the site

3) the kindle edition was on my kindle app before the dead tree versions were delivered

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It's excellent

Bought it on Kindle, read it already. It's excellent. Couldn't put it down.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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Big Brother

Racket

That's a nice productivity suite market share you've got there, it would be a shame if anything bad happened to it.

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Sit tight, fanbois. Apple's '$400' wearable release slips into early 2015

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Pebble

Let's see it side by side with a pebble before we get too excited.

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NASA to reformat Opportunity rover's memory from 125 million miles away

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Re: I'm not an electrician

The idea of getting management to do common principle courses is excellent and should be applied to security and infrastructure in most businesses.

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

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Trollface

But the freetards!

But it's open source so every freetard out there is busy spending every waking minute fixing bugs and auditing code. If you have big business fat cats doing the work we will have to pay for it and that costs money which we don't want to have to spend in our utopian freetard society.

Also - down with bankers.

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Google ghostly graphics haunt Image search

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Terminator

Rise of the machines

Wasn't google images the platform they were using to test AI? Is this some early form of communication?

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Cupertino?

Mountain View and Cupertino are a little way from each other. Perchance El Reg has been writing too much Crapple related click bait recently?

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Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

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Re: And meanwhile in Munich…

Nine? That many?

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Some Snowdenesque plot

In some Snowdenesque plot (or maybe the Lady Bothering Couch Surfer because Snowdon was more tech savvy with encryption) a file is being transferred to a journo somewhere. Grubbymint spooks know all they have to do is pass an MD5 hash of the file to Gurgle and they will provide the deets of the email sender or recipient. Might not be flagged as a peed but will give them the time to supress the information in more traditional ways with a staged suicide or a car accident in a tunnel.

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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Huh?

"Comes with a windows license"

Here, buy this cake, it costs more because it comes with anthrax.

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Sysadmin Day 2014: Quick, there's still time to get the beers in

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Meh

It's all just applications on my network.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: Getting facts right puts things in proportion

The only reason TalkTalk has such uptake is they go to great lengths to make you feel like a child abusing pervert if you choose to opt out of this safety feature.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

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Fry

http://m.videojug.com/interview/stephen-fry-the-internet

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Girl gamers sexism row: Top e-sports federation finds reverse gear

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All of the above comments on equality

...says the middle class white guy.

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Facebook: Yes, we made you SAD on PURPOSE... for your own good

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Re:

90%+ of social network users don't know or care about this sort of stuff. They use what everyone else uses.

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Happy

Watch this...

http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles

Watch it then up vote me.

You're welcome.

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Iplayer

Iplayer is available on the internet, I shall claim copyright on all of Doctor Who.

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The cute things they say

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The cute things they say

To celebrate Friday here are some of the conversations I have had in the last year.

"The server is down."

"Which one, we have hundreds."

"I don't know, I'm not in IT."

"Yet you feel qualified to conclude that one of the servers is down."

"The firewall is blocking some JavaScript."

"Are you sure the words you are looking for aren't perhaps 'proxy server'."

"OK, smartass, the firewall is blocking the proxy server."

"The firewall between my PC and the server is blocking my traffic."

"There isn't a firewall between your PC and the server."

"The network must be down then."

"Unlikely."

User had locked their account by typing their password wrong.

"Service is down, everything is running slow."

"Surely it can only be one or the other."

"It's a network problem, the user is getting a 404 error."

"So they are receiving an error back from the server to say that the server cannot find the page in the URI? Doesn't that imply that the network connection to the server is working perfectly?"

"I don't have the actual error number."

"Right, so we're just making things up now?"

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Re: @The Vociferous Time Waster Made in chelsea

Get over yourself.

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Made in chelsea

As a young man I spent a good long while in various bars in chelsea getting bought drinks and sleeping with a variety of rich totty who were prone to using me and discarding me.

It was hell.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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So yeah

So they could just be destroying all the modified kit they put in there to monitor the Graun.

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Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment

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This one?

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-OVnDdqD8Vuk/UADx2PL58qI/AAAAAAAAAHg/JAyY094y_7I/s1600/CondoleezaRiceOilTanker2.jpg

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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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Thumb Down

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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