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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

peter 45

Re: But retail banks are clueless about security

THEY phone YOU, withholding Caller ID (which can be spoofed anyway) and ask you "security questions"

The only response to that idiocy is to start by insisting they answer your security questions. Their only response is 'but I cannot give out any information'. I then report them to their fraud department as an attempted pishing. Probaby wasting my time as they still do it.

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It's official: You can now legally carrier-unlock your mobile in the US

peter 45

Re: It's nice to see people are chipping away on the DMCA

'Only in the US.....'. Tosh.

In the UK there are shops on the high street who will unlock your phone for a tenner. I think every one of the high street mobile phone retailers sells unlocked versions of popular phones (possibly not every phone nor every shop: I cannot check everything). I have bought nothing but unlocked phones for 10 years now.

In curtailing personal freedoms, the US is turning into the world leader,

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

peter 45

Re: Conversation loop

I won't even go via the states, not even on just a refuel stop.

Every person had to be 'imigrated' (passport inspection, stamp and fingerprint), we were not allowed any further that the single room overlooking the aircraft, and as soon as they reached the last person, we all had to be 'emigrated'. It took four sucking hours.

All this for a sucking refuel stop and the sucking plane had finished refueling within half an hour.

Never...never...never again.

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peter 45

Or.....

You could just go to a hundred other more welcoming and friendly countries.

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peter 45

Re: @ Peter Simpson 1 Yeah? Just try to leave Israel!

You try telling either party that they are more closely related to each other than Europeans, Africans or Asians; that Palestinian DNA falls slap bang in the middle of the Jewish groupings, and so they are all basically blood brothers....and wait for the fireworks to fly (....or rockets, bombs, shells whatever).

Mind you expecting 'we hate them because they are "X" race' to have some logic or sense to it is just wasting time.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

peter 45

Re: Churnalism

'middle easter'. Is that like saturday evening, half way throught the long easter break weekend?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself)

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peter 45

Re: Headline wrong?

One email does not cost squat. What sent the share price tumbling was the 'buy...buy..sell..sell' speculators who act on rumour and half truths, and the automatic share dealing system who all jumped on a small dip and kept on pushing it down and down.

The share dip was temporary anyway so the only actual losses where by those who play with short term rises and dips in the market. Long term investors lost squat.

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

peter 45

Re: Good luck with that...

Oops that site has been blocked. Never mind, google pirate proxy, couple of clicks and away we go again. (Other options are available. Results may vary)

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

peter 45

her job

her job

Her job is to create favourable headlines in the press, produce statistics showing how marvelous they are ant not create any embarissments for their minister. What made you think otherwise?

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

peter 45

They 'forgot'

Having seen first hand the Deli finest at their finest. I can state with confidence that the real reason is one of the following

'not my responsbility'

'it is some elses responsiblity, but i dont know who that is'

'not being paid (bribed) to do it'

'it will just mean more work for me'

'Why would I, Ive got a second job that earns me more'

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Apple's nonexistent iWatch to bag $17.5 BEEELION in first year alone – analyst

peter 45

Re: Tell me who

"It's a Penal Tracking Device - you are supposed to wear it aroud your ankle."

For a second there i read penile tracking device and had a scary moment wondering where we supposed to wear it.

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

peter 45

Re: I wish ...

"open shops now, I wonder who did that first?"

Cough......Sony.......cough

(Not a clue if they did it first, but I just picked an example of a hi-tech retailer selling their own products in their own shops on the high street years before the Apple resurgence on the back of the Ipod....let alone being first with the idea of opening their own stores)

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Do cops need a warrant to search your phone? US Supreme Court will rule

peter 45

me no understand

Say the police are not allowed to search the phone of someone who is arrested, they take him into custody and then apply for a warrant from a Judge presenting all of the evidence leading to the arrest. What exactly have they lost?

I can only conclude they want the ability to arrest someone, and then look on the phone for reasons to arrest them.

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

peter 45

Re: GCHQ isn't the problem

" don't remember what the passphrases are"

So you are guilty of a criminal act.....you just haven't been charged for it yet.

That is how this law works, right?

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Mexican Cobalt-60 robbers are DEAD MEN, say authorities

peter 45

Re: slow death...

I'm trying to be sad....but I just can't.

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Germany: SAP's software licensee conditions are INVALID

peter 45

Er.....

"SAP said that, in practice, the company had only ever applied the clause to initial licensees and not to third party acquirers"

Sooooo. You are spending large sums of money going balls out to defend these terms in a court because......you were never going to them???????

Cough....bull droppings......Cough

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Coroner suggests cars should block mobile phones

peter 45

Re: Perhaps

"putting the annoying one in a Golf"

Sorry but can you give me a better clue?

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peter 45

Re: Yes well...

"80% of deaths on country roads occur on bends because 80% of country roads is made up of bends"

Yeh well, outside my house, where there has been 3 serious accidents and one death, every one of them were caused by going around the bends TOO SUCKING FAST. Its a 40mph zone,, but the local copper reckoned they were all doing at least 60mph. The accident investigator estimated that the guy who died was doing between 70-80mph. I have had people screaming at me for daring to slow them down when turning into my driveway. The road is quite safe if you are doing 40mph, but some people seem to think it is their right to go as fast as they like regardless of condition, speed limit or other road users

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Thought you didn't need to show ID in the UK? Wrong

peter 45

Re: Yawn.

What. You mean you have NEVER been asked to fill in th bit on the registration form stating your nationality? Hmmmmmm.

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peter 45

Re: Yawn.

What. You mean you have NEVER been asked to fill in th bit on the registration form stating your nationality?

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

peter 45

Tesco, stock your shelves

I foresee an increase in the sales of......

Chewing gum

Spray paint

Masking tape

Superglue

Halloween masks

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

peter 45

It all right

Downloading the data is no problem, just as long as he didnt review it.

That's the rule, isn't it America?

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A $17.3bn fine, you say? Samsung begs for five-year patent war truce

peter 45

Prediction

So now what incentive is there for companies to put their patents into standards?

I predict that standard setting using the latest technology will grind to a halt.

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Apple ban win: Now you can't buy Samsung gear no one was buying

peter 45

So how come?

Apple can get a ban on 100% of the phone when the patent in question constitutes probably 0.1% ?

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

peter 45

Perhaps

They should have downloaded that server software update..........again.........and again.........and again

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Samsung: Sod off Apple, we've made gold mobes for way longer than you

peter 45

Yawn

In 2006 i had a Google Motorola RAZR V3i gold

Well I liked it

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EasyJet wanted to fling me off flight for diss tweet, warns cyber-law buff

peter 45

Re: Optional

Cut and paste an advert for a rival airline...or even an advert for check-in vacancies at another airline

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peter 45

EasyJet PR

"EasyJet has never denied boarding due to comments on social media".. written by the PR department....so it must be true

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Flying in the US? Remember to leave your hand grenades at home

peter 45

Re: Re; liquids

Ha. You joke........but

Several years ago I read a report from a passenger who smelt petrol. He traced it to the overhead locker where there was a leaking chainsaw.

Apparently the chainsaw had been seen by the security personnel, but had been waved through because a chainsaw was not on the banned list!

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Apple quietly revives iPhone charging and syncing docks

peter 45

Re: Only Apple

Apple.....square corners....nnnooooooooo

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

peter 45

ERP includes antenna gain

So you can have any amount of beam forming or focusing you like, you can still have a maximum of 4 watts radiated.

This also means that no matter how efficient/beam formed/focused you receiving antenna is, you can still only have a maximum of 4 watts (and the recieve antenn

has to be as big as the transmitting antenna). Using iphone 5 as an example, with capacity of 5.45Wh, you could charge it in a bit over an hour........assuming of course 100% efficient transmitter beam forming, no loss of power over the distance, 100% efficient receiver antenna, 100% efficient power conversion from RF to DC and 100% efficient charging circuit.

Add up all the real world inefficiencies and i recon the whole thing is bollocks.

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NAO: UK border bods not up to scratch, despite billion-pound facial recog tech

peter 45

Re: I find it odd that it is more difficult ...

Catching the ferry from UK to Europe -

At UK end, full passport check, full security check including metal detectors and about three gates before even getting to the ferry

At european end, basically wander off into town.

Catching ferry from Europe to Uk -

At European end, wave the ferry ticket in vague direction of single security guard.

At UK end, full passport check after queueing for an hour and customs pulled us over to check how much booze we were carrying (as foot passengers, just how much did they think I could get in a couple of carrier bags?)

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Tory think tank: Hey, civil servants! Work with startups to save £70bn

peter 45

Re: The report can be summarised thusly ...

Or getting a job in the private sector where they actually create wealth for the country instead of spending it.

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peter 45

Not gonna work if there is no incentive for actual work

Replacement IT systems may help in some areas, but not going to help at all if the actual work behind them is glacial. I one had a tree with a TPO (tree preservation order) blow down. I wrote to the council to ask what should be done (basically two options, TPO is revoked or new tree planted. I had to get something in place as I was intending to sell the property. For various reasons I asked for it to be revoked.

1 month later - they lost my application.

2 months later - they had logged my application

3 months later - they were considering my re-application

4 months later - they guy doing mine went on maternity leave and they were appointing a stand-in.

5 months later - Stand-in claimed TPOs can NEVER be changed/revoked as it 'is the law you know'. Had to read out the act of parliament which gives councils powers to alter/revoke TPOs. Stand-in now well over his head and "cannot do anything 'till original guy returns".

6 months later - original guy returns but has a huge backlog. My application goes to the bottom as it is non-urgent

9 months later - Decision made. TPO will be revoked, but will take a long time to enact. Ask for a letter to simply state their intention to present to prospective purchasers. "not a problem, it will be sent out today"

12 months later and a house sale delayed due to this single issue, after many calls and finally threats to put in a written complaint, I get a letter with a single sentence stating they intended to revoke the TPO.

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

peter 45

Re: Be a yes man instead.

I had various scripts for answering the phone.

"Ying Tong Chinese Takeaway. What nummer you wa?"

"Secret Pleasures emporium. Congratulations you are out hundred caller today. What address shall I send your free vibrator?"

And my special response for any female cold callers (very rare unfortunatly), "Sorry for my heavy breathing, I've just run to answer the phone. Now, what colour panties are you wearing? ".

Any of my friends and family got used to telling me to shut up

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Quarter of a million quid fine for data-wipe gaffe? ICO told: Nae, laddie

peter 45

Oh good

There has been more taxpayer money spent to show that the money taken from the taxpayer and given to the taxpayer is too much.

Money well spent I say.

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Apple wins Samsung import ban, loses 'Battle of Rounded Corners II'

peter 45

Patent 7912501 has got to be ripe for prior art or obviousness. I have gone through it and it seems to me a very long winded way of saying that it detected whether the jack is a 3 or 4 pin with appropriate components on the end by using impedance detection circuitry and/or using pull up/down resistors to produce hi/low signals. It then goes on an on and on about various other methods but it is all basically doing it the same way........all of which are blindingly obvious to anyone who has designed detection circuitry. I personally designed a circuit to detect whether two different types of antenna were being plugged into an transmitter by determining the impedance or a high resistance resistor in circuit.

It seems that Apple are using the 'patent every bit of the design and ignore prior art or obviousness' method of patenting. Basically throwing mud at the wall and see what sticks. Considering the state of the Patent Office, it seems that all the mud sticks.

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Serious Farce Office: 32K secret BAE probe files spaffed to WRONG bod

peter 45

Ahem

Get in touch and tell us in confidence

Nobody will find out......well apart from NSA and GCHQ obviously

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Apple can't dump Samsung, it needs those iPad displays – report

peter 45

new format

How do you read the third or fourth nested comment? It ends 1/4 way across the screen and is impossible to read. Please change it back

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

peter 45
Unhappy

Threaded unreadable

Why has the layout changed. The threaded comments are unreadable now, and following the comments by newest or oldest is impossible.

Change it back please

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Music licensor seeks to block Pandora from running a radio station

peter 45

Re: Let me get this straight...

Ahem.

we not paying > we paying

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IT Crowd thesp eyes giant hot-air-filled FLYING SCROTUM

peter 45

Tagline

I do some running to raise money for testicular cancer research. I always run n a teeshirt with the tagline, Saving the Boys......for the Girls. Its probably raised me more money than the running sponsorship. Please feel free to use.

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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

peter 45

American logic

And the Americans still fervently believe in democracy and go to war to impose it without a trace of irony.

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

peter 45

Oh

"App Store brand had grown strong enough to not require additional legal protections"

You mean there wasn't a 'likelyhood of confusion' as Apple has been claiming all along? I assume that they were not using the lawsuit to try to intimidate competition, and it wasn't the Judges comment that made them realise they were not going to pull the wool over his eyes, so the sudden increase in 'strength of their brand' reason must be true

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UK Post Office admits false accusations after computer system cockup

peter 45

The lest that should be happening is that every one of these shortfall claims should be passed to independent Auditors for checking against the raw data. The fact that the software was checked and some bugs were found is not the real problem and is not the way to cure it. People were put in prinson for 'stealing', not for software errors.

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'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

peter 45

Well Doh

It took a Professor to tell us that it a load of tripe?

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Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden

peter 45
IT Angle

Master hacker me

After I changed my own wallpaper on the company laptop, my (very) computer illiterate boss started telling everyone i was a hacker. Worst bit was that everyone started coming to me with their IT problems and expected me to fix the photocopier.

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Radio hams tell Ofcom: Put that Wi-Fi mob back in their place

peter 45
Unhappy

Dont know why RSGB bothered

After the last time they responded to an OFCOM consultation exercise and got the right royal 'fuck off'.

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

peter 45
Happy

Awwwww

"American officials confused and increasingly frustrated. "

Awww. Bless.

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

peter 45
Angel

Re: The feds are not going to stop themselves

@FutureShock999

"variable price points - meaning that a DVD can (and usually does) sell for less in poor 3d world countries"

You mean that I pay extra in order to subsidise 3rd world consumers....rather than the entertainment companies gouging me for a product costing pence to produce, just because they can. Oh. Ok then. Makes me feel a lot better knowing that.

Sorry, got to go. Ive just seen some fairies at the bottom of my garden

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