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Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

Rich 30

Re: It would help an awful ****ing lot

Re Special Characters?

Would having special characters in your Verified By Visa password help THAT much?

You can't brute force the Verified By Visa password system - after a few incorrect attempts your account is locked - so you just need to make a password that cant be guessed easily. If you replaced every special character you wanted to use, with the letter A, in this case it's just as secure.

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Facebook Phone rumours are back: And probably true this time

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Re: laughable

"rapidly dwindling stock value" - it's been pretty even for along time now.

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WTF is... Microsoft Xbox SmartGlass?

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no iPad?

I thought this was going to work on iOS/Android from launch?

As the sex pistols once sung - Liar, Liar Liar.

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PayPal co-founder sells out of foundering Facebook at VAST profit

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real world assets?

" worth roughly the same as UK retail monster Tesco, which has real-world assets such as shops, trucks and stock"

Does facebook not own any buildings, or data farms or useful IPRs?

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TalkTalk pitches cut-price mobes to own customers

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Re: BT Broadband did a similar deal through Vodafone a few years ago.

I didn't know that.

What's with 07777 anyway?

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Lone config file in Mac OS X SIGNALS DEATH OF THE DVD

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PCs and Laptops?

I can understand why you'd ditch them on laptops. For the most part, most of the time, i dont use an optical drive. I could do without it on my laptop and gain the advantage of a thinner, smaller, lighter laptop. Then have a separate USB optical drive for those infrequent moments when i need one.

However, i'm not sure there's the same benefit for a desktop PC. Rarely do i think my desktop PC would be much better if it was a little bit thinner. To me i cant see the benefit of losing the optical drive from an iMac, to save a few mm, but then have a USB one in a drawer, or permanently attached.

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Bucks muck chuck muck-up leaks 840 email addresses

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OH NO!

Oh no, NOT MY EMAIL ADDRESS!?!?

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Why one storage admin fears Justin Bieber

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Downes wishes they'd think again.“SD looks just as good on a PC screen,” he said at the event.

"Downes wishes they'd think again.“SD looks just as good on a PC screen,” he said at the event." - Which PC screen? A grey box laptop from 1997?

Obviouslyif you play it in its native size it will "look just as good" but what happens if you want it full screen?

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Ten... Sata 3 SSDs

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I too bought this, although the price seems to have sky-rocketted up to £145 ( http://amzn.to/K2P9e3 ) I'm going to swap out my MBP's 256GB HDD for the Samsung 830 256GB SSD. Should be a good upgrade. Although, obviously my MBP only has SATA 2, this still worked out the cheapest option for me. *

*discoounting buying from a website i've never heard of, and giving them all my details

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Apple's Retina Macs: A little too elite?

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Re: Samsung

its certainly a lot of money. But it's also a lot of machine.

For some people it's going to be for show, like jewelery. (whats the point in diamonds, they are just rocks?)

For some people, its the excitment of having the cutting edge in terms of tech, which this certainly would appear to be.

For some people, its not a lot of money, and its a nice laptop.

For some people, that new display is going to be brilliant addition to their computer lives. (i know photo reviewing on my ipad3 is amazing, thanks to that screen. Really amazing.)

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Re: There's certainly room in the Retina Macs for both.

There def isn't enough room.

Infact, there's such little room the flash storage and ram is soldered in, and cant be swapped. any spare room has been filled with batteries, which from the pics would appear to be approx 50% of the insides.

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Kinect gives Skyrim fans something to shout about

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I was all ready to slate this...

...but i thought i should at least watch the video.

It actually looks pretty good. i've found my problem with skyrim, is that as a xbox user, the UI is rather horrid, needing lots of button presses thanks to the relitivly low number of buttons on an xbox controller.

IE, quick save and quick load!!

this seems to have addressed that. I obviolusly wont be buying a kintect for it though.

(Imagine that, an advert makes a product look good...)

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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

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Re: In the UK we have another solution...

*After my 2 year stretch*

Policeman Pete - "Cuz, whats the password?"

Me - "Well, i remember it just being random letters and numbers, I think it started "1bii19w", but it was well over 20 characters long, maybe 30, used letters numbers and special characters, and after 2 years in nick, i've totally forgotten it. Sorry, cuz"

Policeman Pete - "???"

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Re: Faraday bag?

i'd have thought, to avoid 'contaminating evidence' the friendly policeman just pops the phone in a evidence bag as is, ie turned on. What if there is valuable forensic evidence under the battery cover that falls out when he take the batt out?

Also, not so helpful for sealed phones, as so many people have said. Nokia N8, iPhones etc.

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Half of iPad 3s sold will sport 4G, says bank

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If you have a smartphone...

Most Smartphones now will let you set up WiFi hotspot, and most of the Networks will allow you to tether, either as part of you data allowence, or for a small fee, usually about £5 you can add on a 'tethering' allowance. I am on 3, and i get actually unlimited, unlimited data (inc tethering), and the speed is fast enough to stream NetFlix.

If you were in a country with a LTE/4G network i can see the appeal of buying the 4G iPad. Some people might want to extra 4G speed, I'm not sure what for yet, as i said, i can stream NetFlix on 3G.

Maybe in a few years time when NetFlix et al stream in Full HD, and there is an actual 4G network in the UK i might consider getting the 4G iPad. I guess my phone would be 4G by then too, though?

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Meh

Tethering

I bought a WiFi one. Its £100 cheaper, and i get actually unlimited tethering with my mobile phone contract (Three One Plan). So i just tether my ipad to my phone, all the time.

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BBC iPlayer added to Xbox

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The article shoul dhave been called...

"BBC iPlayer added to Xbox, FINALLY"

Glad its on there though, the xbox is getting really moving into media streaming hub teritory well.

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

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32bit?

Isn't it time we got rid of 32-bit machines? Or rather, isn't it time we stop making 32 bit machines?

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Microsoft mulls touchscreen controller for next-gen Xbox

Rich 30

The problem with the PS controller is the triggers are shaped wrong. They need to be concave, like the xbox, not convex. its such an odd design choice. I find it really uncomfortable. I expect its why on games like Call of Duty, they PS controller doesn't actually use the triggers for shooting?

I personally also prefer the concave tips on the thumbsticks on xbox, rather than the convex ones on PS3. But i know lots of people who prefer it the otherway round.

On reflection, i much prefer the xbox controller - but the battery pack: Yuk.

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Angry iPhone users bring antitrust class action against Apple

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I use a MacBook Pro, can you tell me how it is any more "locked in" than another laptop?

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Microsoft celebrates the death of IE6

Rich 30

could just be people reading from their locked down work terminals, like me. This is from IE6. Like others have said, lots of company intranets are IE6 based.

I canot explain IE5 or IE2 though! wow.

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Rich 30

i am currently using...

... IE6 to view this site, and type this.

We use IE6 at work for our internal Intranet systems. Everything we use is built for IE6. We have no way to install other browsers either, so this means we struggle to browse a lot of 'modern' sites. I couldn't scream loud enough about this.

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Pakistan bans rude text messages

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surely the 'yoofs' will get round this by spelling words purposefully wrong. Maybe backwards? Maybe swappiing the first and last letters? the two middle letters? Anything...

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Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy Blu-ray disc set

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Optional

I watched JP1 recently in the cinema. It is still awesome.

The Dino CGI is just brilliant, even 18 years later. And that music still wows me. Amazing.

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Biker gang plunders Covent Garden Apple Store

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bored..

bored of "Jesus slab" etc

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22,000 'freetards' escape Hurt Locker piracy suit

Rich 30

you can only sue for...

In the UK, when it comes to sueing for money, the first question you have to ask is, what have our (the film company sueing) personal loses been...

Well, if someone downloads, for free (illegally) a copy of a DVD, the answer is a difficult one. The defendant could easily argue that becuase its a DVD his friend owns, that he would have just borrowed it anyway, and therefore the loses are £zero. You could also say the the film company has lost the cost of 1 x DVD royalties, which is going to be £5-£10? You then have to add on lawyers fees, etc.

However, if you upload while you download (the standard setting for most p2p/torrent programs) then you've distrobuted the DVD (just parts of it, maybe) to possibley thousands of people. So suddenly the film company has lost thousands of potential DVD sales, directly from your actions, ie 1000s X £5-£10? Then add on the laywers fees etc.

You can, of course, tell your torrent program (i've heard) to not upload any data, and therefore you're not distrobuting any data at all.

Thats as i understand it, anyway.

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Telcos cough mobe tracking habits

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tin foil hats at the ready.

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Chinese fuzz bust faux iPhone racket

Rich 30

HA!

Buy yourself a packet of scampi fries with your friday pint to celebrate such a joke!

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Tosh puts 1TB in the palm of your hand

Rich 30
FAIL

price?

No price for the 1TB sized option, which the article is named after?

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Rich 30

Same, but

I'm more amazed by how much data you can fit on something the size of a finger nail, ie the very easy to buy 32GB MicroSD card, or even the slightly harder to find, 64GB MicroSD card. Witchcraft!

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Larry Page sees 'tragic' future for Google

Rich 30

too big

Google's No.1 enemy is indeed google. They have grown so big, and are so diverse it wont be long until they are thrown before an EU council or similar and told to stop being quite so good at what they do. In the world, you just aren't allowed to be too good at what you do, its not fair.

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Renault Wind Gordini roadster

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RS

"Underneath the visually arresting two-thirds scale supercar body, the Wind is essentially a Twingo ...."

Actually, its a RenaultSport Twingo. A very different animal, in terms of handlinging and poise.

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Sony Vaio SB 13.3in notebook

Rich 30

apple hate = dull

Apple have a thorough configurator on their site.

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why

the keys make the whole laptop look too much like a MacBookPro rip off. Not for me, thanks! (Especially black keys, silver laptop)

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Byte-dock MacBook Pro port replicator

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how much?!

At £150, this is about £100 more than i would expect to pay for what is effectivly cable extentions and a stand.

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Apple staff in UK told to cancel holiday in early October

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Stop

news?

"Channel sources reckon Apple will experience huge demand and that shortages are likely."

In other breaking news, the phone will feature an apple logo, and will come in the colour 'black'

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Rich 30

"will do no more"

How exactly do you know?

It will probably look different, work a bit different, a bit faster, have some new features etc... ANd if people want to buy this, then thats fine, surely?

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Don't buy your iPad in a McDonald's car park

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well..

i personally WOOD have checked in the box. Clearly this woman is as thick as two bargain ipads?

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Mr Bean prangs £650k McLaren

Rich 30

null

ETHAN hunt....

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iPhone 5 now set for October launch

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trust..

In this day and age, most people will put trust in these companies to keep their data safe.

I use google for email, callendar, docs etc already, therefore i might aswell got for Android. I prefer the way the phones work, and i dont see the need for Apple to be reading all my 'cloud stuff' as well as google. So Android is my choice. At least until there's a much better offer from elsewhere.

As for hardware. HTC Sensation seems really good. More modern than the DesireHD too. But i think i might wait to see what the next Nexus handset will be like. But while waiting for that, my trust HTC Hero keeps plodding along.

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Rich 30

september?

I think the next Galaxy phone will be appearing a little after the next iPhone. How else will Samsung be able to copy it's design?

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Nintendo set to make a loss on every 3DS

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well..

I'll save nintendo a few quid then, and not buy one.

I'm still not sold on the whole 3d thing. I've played with a 3DS, and i thought it was actually pretty good. Also, as i see it, the issue with 3d is that its hard to advertise, what with our 2d televisions, 2d posters etc etc.

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'Up to' broadband claims out of control, says Ofcom

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up to..

Maybe the adverts should say...

"We offer our customers speeds of up to 8MB/s, and most of our customers get an average of 6.5MB/s. Text your telephone number or postcade to 81199 and we'll tell you what speed you can expect to get at YOUR house"

The localized speed predictions tend to be much more accurate, so surely this would be way fairer. The companies get to advertise their top speeds, show off how great a speed most of their customers get, and give you a personalised speed. Some providers give you this is you visit their sites, i know BT and TalkTalk both offer more accurate speed for your address. Obv these speeds still fluctuate, but its a more fair system, in my opinion.

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Apple Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Part Two

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Download speed

I use BT Infinity, so have great internet speed. But i was impressed with Apple too. I pressed download within the first 30 minutes of launch. I had downloaded the whole 3.74GB in under 20 minutes.

Well done Apple.

Windows could learn a thing or two from this. Their update servers are just horrendous. I often download at a speed of about 1MB every minute during update patches, and this just isn't good enough. I know windows has many more users, but surely MS should account for this?

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Rich 30
Flame

yep

But still not Cut&Paste!!! GRRRRR

Apparently, its in case people forget to paste.

This is one of the most infuriating things about OSX as far as im concerend. You have to open up two Finder windows and drag&drop, or Copy&Paste - Then - Delete.

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"screams ‘mobile!’?

I downloaded Lion on launch day. To me, it screams 'touch screen macs coming soon". To me, a lot of the new features appear to be getting us used to, and transiting us to, touch screen macs.

A lot of the new mutli-touch stuff makes me think they are pointing towards touch screen macs. Touch Screen Macs with a mouse and Keyboard aswell, but using a touch screen for a lot of the navigation. 5 finger gestures dont feel that confortable on the mousepad, but on the screen would be lovely, especially on the laptops. Launchpad shouts touch screen, dont you think? As far as i can work out, its no easier to use than the applications folder? But if my MBP was touch screen Launchpad would be way better than Applications. The new 'inverted' scrolling speaks touch screen to me. When scrolling up/down/left/right the screen moves as if your fingers were pressed to the screen, as a touch screen would. This is perhaps a bit more natural for a first time computer user, rather than someone who is more used to manipulating scroll bars. To me, this too points towards touch screen macs.

Full screen apps are welcome, but so far it seems to be mostly Apple own apps. Its especially good for iTunes.

2 finger swipe navigation in Safari (to move back and forward thorugh your history) doesn't excist in Chrome, and they have killed the old 3 finger navigation. This has annoyed me quite a lot.

Mutliple desktops are remincant of Ubuntu, and i like them. Not sure if you could use them before on OSX, but i have only discovered them since Lion, although in honesty haven't used them yet. Its worth noting, that "full screen apps" open on a new desktop and moving between these full screen apps is a joy.

All in all, i rate OSX Lion. But perhaps, for me, its not actually that much better than 10.6.*.*

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AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

Rich 30
Childcatcher

really?

I'll beleive it when i see it. Shenmue was supposed to be 'photo-realistic' wasn't it?

I'm looking forward to seeing what can be done with the next gen consoles though. It would seem that PC gaming progression has slowed down to be more in line with console progression. For that reason, i see the next big leap being when they release the new xbox/playstation. I just hope these new consoles aren't too Wii-ish, ie not too many gimmicks. I'm not a huge fan of Move/Kinect.

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Samsung Chromebook: The $499 Google thought experiment

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gah?

You criticise this becuase you dont have a great internet connection? Well this clearly isn't the laptop for you.

I dont criticise Ducatti because they only make motorbikes and i dont have a motorbike license. Or criticise solar powered calculator manufactures because where i live its dark for 4 months of the year?

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Amazon discounts current MacBook Air line

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small discounts..

Discounts may be small, but its entirely possible that that 5-6% is all the profit that Amazon make from selling them. If you've ever worked in a retails shop (other than apple) who offeres staff discounts, they almost always exclude apple products.

Apple buyers tend to spend a fair ammount of money on accessories for their iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac etc, which is where the retails will make their products. Most of these accessories will be costing less than 1/3 of the retail price.

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