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

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Problem solved

My open Wi-Fi AP (I'm in the US) links directly to a VPN terminated in the UK. I think I've got that problem sorted ... and I can watch Dr. Who as a bonus.

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Hi-tech Fagin couple used Apple scam cash to fly pickpockets to UK

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Young Love interrupted?

I guess he'll be pounding his fist for the next few years. What's really stupid about this is that if they were smart enough to organize this and invest the immediate profits back into the enterprise then they had a lot of other legal options for careers with much greater long term (and legal) rewards.

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German NSA probe chief mulls spy-busting typewriters

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Not foolproof

If you can hear a manual typewriter then you can figure out what is being typed with reasonable certainty.

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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I'm burning my record covers now

Goodbye Blind Faith, Goodbye Indelibly Stamped and Nevermind - next stop the British Museum and then all those church roofs with naked children laughing at the parishioners down below.

Odd that as the punishments and laws become more draconian, we seem to be getting more and more people committing the crimes? Is the problem them, or is it us?

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Manhattan drone pair cuffed for NYPD chopper near miss

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Re: Struck by "comparatively flimsy"

By this logic I assume that raptors and other decent sized birds will be charged with endangerment in future?

Sure, if I was flying around NYC I would not want to hit a small drone or bird but I'd be willing to bet, Silent Spring not withstanding, that there are a lot more birds in NYC than drones. This is a storm in a teacup, the whole thing smells like the usual American Police mentality of "I am the Law and if I say it's a crime then it's a crime"

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Thought Crime

So the offense is that the pilot of the police chopper thought that they were endangered? I'll have to ask them if that works the other way next time a cop car passes me on the Interstate at 100+ miles an hour - that does feel kinda dangerous to me.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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Runnng 4.4.4 no worries

Well, until next week anyway. The problem here is not Android but the phone companies that insist on modifying everything and then fail to update the OS when a new phone comes out.

Google may be "evil" but at least it's an evil that I know about rather than the friendly phone company that pretends to care but forgets everything once they've got a two year contract.

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Windows users: You get a patch! And you get a patch! And you get a patch! Everybody gets...

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Time to die.

Try installing a virgin copy of XP ... my, doesn't it run fast? It's a joy to use but then apply all the patches and watch it slow down to a crawl.

When you build an operating system you tune everything and optimize for memory use and speed, but when you patch a system you are only concerned with security and XP is now bloated and slow. Yes, once you were a beautiful virgin but now, after so many years in the hands of the boys in the basement, you are tired and it's time to let go ...

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe - attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain - time to die." - Roy Batty

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Apple SOLDERS memory into new 'budget' iMac

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Multi-layer boards are not that big a deal - if the chips are on the board then the runs have to come out somewhere - it's usually the power runs that are internal, not the signals/data anyway. Custom chips can often be ignored because they drive regular chips so you can just treat them as black boxes. The chances are that the RAM is a mass-produced and documented chip.

I'm just saying that it's possible - being that company it's a marketing decision anyway, not a design decision.

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Interesting - this used to happen quite a bit and the solution was to look at the circuit and piggy back some more RAM on top of the existing RAM chips with a couple of trace cuts and added wires. Done it myself several times with both discrete and SMT components.

But these days most of the users don't have a clue which end of the soldering iron to pick up.

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Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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On the plus side

That's 15 million pounds they didn't waste chasing pot smokers.

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We'll PROBE Pluto's MOON CRACKS for mystery ocean – NASA

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damn auto correct!

"after a giant impact through material off"

However, that aside it is a very interesting article - I remember how the movie 2001 seemed to be set so far into the future when I saw it originally and now the movie looks so dated ... Truth is quite definitely stranger - and better - than fiction.

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Ohio man cuffed AGAIN for shagging inflatable pool raft

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Puritan sexual habits

In my state, Louisiana, oral sex between consenting husband and wife is still illegal - however I've never heard of the natives going at it with plastic rafts (that would be kinky). Mostly the locals seem to find dog, cows and horses more attractive.

Not me however, I'd rather stay at home and break the law.

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Re: Why is it ironic?

Because there hasn't been a trial yet - but I guess the thinking is that we know what the result is going to be so they might as well sell the BTC now.

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Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

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This is quite credible

I can see a couple of ways of doing this - at least ways to approach the problem of bridging the air-gap. I suspect the real vulnerability here is an EMI attack on peripheral support chips in the PC which would provide an easy access to system memory and resources.

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Intel pleads for €1bn EU fine to be overturned, is DENIED

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Fines don't work

The problem with fines as a method of punishing criminal conduct is that they don't work - the fine simply becomes a cost of business (tax deductible?) and the companies re-arrange the deck chairs and continue on the same path.

We've seen this pattern now in all the big industries, pharmaceutical, banking, chemicals, telecommunications (Worldcom aka Verizon) etc. Until real pain is inflicted for criminal conduct then nothing will change.

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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WTF

Odd - I've been using WordPerfect for years (like 20 years now I think - I started under DOS and VMS) and I've NEVER had a file become unreadable in all this time.

Am I just lucky, or is MS Office simply the application from hell?

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Flawed from the start

Well you're using sexchange, what did you expect? Use Spam Assassin in future and you won't have this problem.

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

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Re: Could be a fix for some nasty zero day

Google have been rolling out a lot of the native app updates recently - if you have a Nexus then you'll get updates for new features and bug fixes regularly. Most likely this is just a minor - but essential - security update.

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

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Re: Wait a minute

Hell NO Cthonus!

I'm not trolling this - who set up the photographer to take the pictures? Think about this ... chances are the graduates had no choice in having their pictures taken, the photographer paid the college for the "right" to be the photographer there and excluded all other photographers - that's an economic gamble, a business choice on the assumption that enough graduates will buy the product and you can bet that they would not be taking the pictures if they didn't think that they could make good money out of this.

And those unused photographs that don't sell? They will be indexed by name and chances are that some of those graduates will end up in court and the photographer - who "owns" the picture will then sell the picture to the news agencies and media. The graduate has no say in the matter at all.

If you are going to publish pictures on the Internet like this then you have to expect that this will happen unless you are completely naive - same as if you tie your bike to a lamp-post with a piece of wet string and then come back and wonder where your bike has gone.

By the way, those pictures of your house on Google Street view, who you you think owns those? Because under current law, it's not you.

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Wait a minute

So you graduated college - after paying for your education and probably owe maybe $200k - and the college wants you to pay for your graduation picture? I'm not surprised someone's posted this and let's face it, it's not rocket science. So why all the fake outrage? Do you really think that nobody knew how to do this before he posted the instructions?

I don't care if it pisses you DRMtards off but I'd +1 Jesse for posting this - I don't think it does a bit of harm and I don't think it changes the issues of copyright at all. It's not "theft" because anyone who's going to do this is probably either too cheap or too poor/in debt to buy the photographs anyway.

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LulzSec turncoat Sabu avoids jail time thanks to co-operating with Feds

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Re: Entrapment

The US is primarily a society that values punishment and retribution far more rehabilitation.

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Book deal and Movie rights?

Let's face it - Sabu's story is a lot more interesting than Mark Zuckerberg's.

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GSMA: There are more mobile connections than PEOPLE... but WHO'S HOGGING them all?

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Re: Well how do you deactivate a SIM?

with a hammer?

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Real Programmers

Use regedit - I don't need no stinkin' .REG file.

Patched on a system that we're going to replace anyway and four updates downloading.

But lets face it - everyone builds OS software for speed and ease of use. But it's patched for safety, not speed - have you ever compared the speed of a current patched system to the unpatched virgin install? There's a world of difference.

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AT&T to buy DirecTV in $49bn mega-gobble

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Investment - we've heard of it...

What happened to making money the old fashioned way, by investing in your product?

With these kinds of bucks AT&T could have gone head to head with Google and put a fat pipe into most of their customers living rooms but instead they are going to buy a TV distribution company. I so love my 1Mbs DSL connection via AT&T - in makes my mother in laws 21kbps dial up service look so fat. If you live in rural America then dial-up is where it's at and 21kbps is good, of course it does drop off some when it rains.

But AT&T would rather try and sell a TV package than actually deliver decent service.

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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Hollywood should be worried

Reading through those patents I think that the also cover the basic methods used in a lot of motion capture systems to generate the data used to animate cartoons and special effect these days. While there's a lot of prior art in these fields it's mostly considered commercial secrets by the companies in the motion capture industries so proving "prior art" would be difficult.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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I still have my original installation disks for WS ... and I agree with his choice. When you are a writer (as opposed to some hacker who grew up on Word) then WS allows you to just write - it does exactly what you ask it to do.

Suddenly my interest level in Game of Thrones is increased ... I might even read one of the books - but watching it ... that's a bridge too far at this point.

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Google ECJ case: No commish, it means we don't need right-to-be-forgotten rewrite

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Dear Google...

My name is Adolph ... and that little business in 1939 with Poland, can we forget about that too please? The EU says that I have the right to be forgotten.

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LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

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Re: You have to assume they've done the audience research

Who knows if they "want" it - the real question is, "Will they buy it"?

Actually heart rate is fairly easy to measure remotely - you can do it through furniture, the floor or whatever if you are careful.

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Google CAN be told to delete sensitive data from its search results, rules top EU court

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Reorganize?

It seems to me that there's a simple workaround for this since in specifying that the method used by Google is subject to EU legislation, they are opening the door to data indexing via other means.

Not that I give a damn - search engines used to be pretty good even a couple of years ago but these days they swamped by their own success to the point that many searches turn up completely crap results.

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Minecraft anyone?

"This display module generates sixteen 64 character lines from data stored in a 1024 8-bit byte on-card RAM memory (random access memory). Alphanumeric and control characters (the full 128 upper and lower case plus control ASCII character set) are displayed in a 7 x 9 dot matrix. with its EIA video output, the VDM-l can be used with any standard video monitor." - circa 1976

In 10 years time 4k resolution is going to be obsolete ... but our kids will still be playing Minecraft. Of course, my generation prefers Steve Dompier's Target..

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

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The Puzzle Palace

It's interesting watching a whole new generation of people get excited about this; quite honestly the writing has been on the wall for years. If you want security then you need to start by assuming that all commercial kit is potentially compromised - and even if you can secure your own kit, your packets still have to travel on a public network.

If you maintain any public profile that might possibly be of interest to someone, somewhere then security through technology is an illusion. To quote Quentin Crisp, "If it can be done, it will be done."

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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Evidence?

I have no problem with the theory that mankind is a contributor to climate change but where's the evidence that the earths' climate was ever steady state? History seems to indicate that climate change has always been the norm.

Before you all down vote me - I also believe that burning oil and coal are a stupid waste to resources - do you have any clue how much useful stuff can be made from these minerals? And we just go and burn them ... dumb dumb dumb. All the evidence suggest that mankind is going to get what it deserves - and will not like it.

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

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LA air traffic meltdown

LA is the postal service abbreviation for the state of Louisiana - L.A. is the city of Los Angeles. They are about 1500 miles apart - please try and remember this.

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London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Re: I 'ad that Reggie Kray in the back of the cab once.

Reggie's a ginger beer? How would you like both feet nailed to the floor this time?

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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But it goes to 11 ...

Oh no wait, it doesn't does it?

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Japanese cops arrest man with five 3D printed guns at home

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Boot strapping

I'm going to buy a 3D printer and use it to make another 3D printer.

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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Re: So who gets the money?

You go to the Big House for using a gun, but you get a Knighthood if you use a pan.

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Inquiring minds want to know?

So if I buy an MP3 player in France and pay the levy there then I can use it in the UK without paying anything?

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Alien invader plunges tool into virgin 'Windjana', sniffs powders

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The Martian Hillbillies

I guess even if they strike oil they are still stuck on Mars ... I wonder if NASA filed an environmental impact statement prior to drilling?

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'Bladdered' Utah couple cuffed in church lawn sex outrage

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Staged perhaps?

Possible the "ex" of one of the couple staged it? It's amazing what $20 will buy you on the streets these days... All the same it's nice publicity - remind me to book them for the venue of a product roll out that I'm organizing in a couple of weeks.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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How did they catch them ... did some guy in Customs and Border Protection nick one and give it to his girlfriend?

Of course, in the USA these would be allowed as a "novelty toy" and sold on-line.

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Licensed to BILL: How much should you cough for software licences?

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The twitter generation?

This is a rubbish article, unworthy of El Reg - it's badly written and uninformative to anyone who's not in this specific game. Back to journalism school with you - assuming that you ever attended one.

If you are going to use acronyms then expand them and explain why your story might be of interest to the general reader - there is an element of education to journalism that requires that you write a story that at least provides some background to the reader to give them the desire to read your article. Otherwise it's just a personal rant and will only be read and understood by a few people. If I didn't love El Reg I would even bother saying this - you have the potential of a good story and discussion here and you blew it.

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Grad student creates world's thinnest wires – just three atoms wide

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Moore's law

Interesting how Moore's law stays alive every time we think it's reached its sell by date.

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Google forges a Silver bullet for Android, aims it at Samsung's heart

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I could see this coming

I use the Google Nexus phones and have done for a while because the don't have all the bloatware and "customized applications" that you get stuck with when you use a phone from Sammy, Apple or any of the phone companies. Yes, I know Google monitors everything but I use it simple as a tool and I don't want the experience that I had with Verizon where ever application had a built in cost - "E-mail sir? Certainly, that will be another $4.25 a month for that service."

All the phone vendors are corrupt in one way or another but at least with Google you know it up front.

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Great-firewall-busting microblog app puts AWS in China's firing line

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Re: as long as Amazon doesn’t bend to government pressure

I don't think that the Chinese will give a second thought about blocking AWS if the blogs become annoying. I expect that the AWS terms of use will have some small boilerplate that would allow AWS to boot this app the minute there are any problems.

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Victory for Microsoft as Supremes decline to hear Novell's WordPerfect whine

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Re: "you should use templates"

One of my big gripes with Word is that if you use the template method (and many people do) then ever single bloody document looks like something formatted by the Sirius Cybernetics Corporation marketing department.

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Re: Good

At one time Office was bundled with Dell computers for free and the company I worked for at that time simply dumped all their copies of WP on DOS, Windows and VMS to use the free Office. Of course there's no such thing as a free lunch and they have paid thousands since to keep upgrading Office as the company expanded.

It's true that the early version of WP for Windows was bad - but then so was Word too - productivity at the company after the switch to Office was measured in crashes per day.

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