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Memory troubling you, Android? Surprise! Another data slurp vuln uncovered

Dale 3

I do not install anything asking for this permission

Being able to understand what all those permissions actually mean, I suspect you are in the minority. For the majority the logic goes, more or less, "if I say No it won't install, so I guess the answer is Yes". The noble idea of app permissions is flawed by not being able to revoke them individually at install time or afterwards.

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Teensy card skimmers found in gullets of ATMs

Dale 3

Wipe the magstripe

Krebson says that most European cash machines are only accepting chip & PIN, and banks issue cards with magstripes for compatibility with the rest of the world (mainly USA it would seem).

Maybe banks should start issuing cards without magstripes, for use at home and in Europe, with an option to order a duplicate with a magstripe if you want to travel beyond.

In the mean time, as long as you're sure that cash machines don't need the magstripe, you could just wave your bank card over the back of a speaker magnet so it wipes the magstripe content.

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

Dale 3

Microcell

That wouldn't stop someone from going into their phone menu and manually choosing to connect to a different network.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

Dale 3

Re: Alternate Email Addresses

Unfortunately it is also easy for people selling email addresses to simply remove everything from the '+' to the '@' sign in a gmail.com address.

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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

Dale 3

Re: Technology Which Should Die

Just like the studies which tell us the large proportion of people who use easy-to-guess PINs, I would be interested to find out what proportion of people using swipe unlocks are using simple easy-to-guess swipes (like a straight line in some direction, or an L shape or something). Although there are lots of potential swipe shapes, I wonder how many are almost never used because people favour a simple across-and-up pattern.

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Elon Musk's Grasshopper tops 300m, lands safely

Dale 3

Camera

Why can't NASA have cool footage like that for their launches? Instead of, or in addition to, the usual long distance point and tilt perspective, seeing the launch vehicle whizz by would make it interesting again.

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New rules to end cries of 'WTF... a £10 online booking fee?'

Dale 3

Re: mmmmm....

There are a few credit cards that don't charge a fee for foreign denominated purchases. Two that I know of are the Post Office Mastercard and Halifax Clarity card. I have the Post Office card primarily for holiday use and the occasional offshore purchase. They charge the "centre" rate, and no additional fee.

There used to be one or two debit cards that also charged no fee (e.g. Nationwide Flexaccount), but as far as I know none are left - they all now charge, typically around 2-3%.

A good place to find out which cards are best (and worst) to use is to look for "holiday spending" on the MoneySavingExpert website.

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Strategic SIEGE ROBOTS defeated by 'heavily intoxicated' man, 62

Dale 3

Re: One major disadvantage robots have over humans:

A problem that robots will always have is that they (or their operators) do not have a reasonable claim to self-defence. If police officers go in and get shot at, they can reasonably shoot back to defend their lives. If a robot gets shot at, they have no "life" as such to defend, so they (or their operators) are less likely to shoot back unless they become aware of an actual threat to a life. The robot is mainly going to end up being used for reconnaissance, trying to talk the guy down, or at best a tasering. Taser vs bullets, I'd bet on the bullets.

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Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

Dale 3
Pint

@Bankrupt the company through replacing glass doors

Apple has over $100 billion in reserves, and about 363 stores worldwide as at January 2012 (apparently). If each door cost $100000 to replace, and you smashed the doors of every store, every day of the year, and they were able to replace them every day too, and they didn't notice this rather obvious pattern of misfortune, and didn't post a few security guards to stop it, it would still take 7.5 years to bankrupt the company. That doesn't take into account additional cash they raise through sales over those 7.5 years.

That is how much money they have.

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Heroku cops to poor tech performance for last THREE YEARS

Dale 3
Holmes

Growth

It's funny that they should suffer scalability problems; according to Wikipedia, "bamboos are some of the fastest-growing plants in the world".

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Shocked jocks' O2 calls crossed with Brummies, now everyone's cross

Dale 3
Happy

Internet cleaning

Fortunately we don't ever get crossed lines on the Internet because of the annual cleaning day:

http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bltune-up.htm

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Go

Re: "...strategic maple syrup reserve "

Oh that is awesome!

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

Dale 3
Happy

Re: Tesla coil, bitches!

No that would be Facebook.

If Yahoo, it would be Tesla! coil!

But today it is iTeslacoil

Or perhaps pr-iOr art.

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Plastic screen outfit teams with Epson to offer screen on your plastic

Dale 3

Supermarket shelves

Just back from South Africa where a couple of a the big supermarket chains have now equipped their stores with LCD price tags on the shelf edges instead of good old printed paper tags. Not sure whether they are updated wirelessly at a distance or by a person running around the store with a handheld programmer. I thought it was a bit of an overengineered solution but they must have found some benefit to warrant rolling it out. This plastic display and/or e-ink solutions I would have thought a better technology, not least because they would be easier to read than the blue-on-transreflective-LCD. You're also looking at tens of thousands of units per large supermarket, which could provide economies of scale quite early on.

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At last, a bionic arm that passes the Beer, Egg and Looks Cool tests

Dale 3
Headmaster

At its strongest setting it has a grip strength of 140N and weighs about half a kilo

I wonder how much it weighs at its weakest setting?

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Plextor M5 Pro 256GB SSD review

Dale 3

And yet

still no mention of power consumption.

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Yahoo! will! ignore! 'Do! Not! Track!' from! IE10!

Dale 3

In other news...

... burglars have announced their intention to ignore "do not rob" signs on people's homes. A police spokesperson said "keeping one's doors locked is more effective than putting up a sign."

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Tumblr and Google App Engine down as US traffic plummets

Dale 3
Alert

Hurricane Sandy...

...when cloud services go bad!

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Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

Dale 3

stored obscured with the addition of zeros

So, that would be stored as UNICODE plaintext then.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

Dale 3

£52.6m on marketing costs

Most of that went on mailshots through my door.

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USB charges up to 100 watts

Dale 3
Flame

Re: How exactly are they doing this?

RTFA. The article provides the information, but you do have to actually read it..

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WTF is... Li-Fi?

Dale 3

Doors

Too bad it doesn't work from one room to another, unless you leave the door open.

(Or it's between your kitchen and dining room, and you have one of those serving hatch things.)

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Why can't ICANN just 'get s**t done', ask dot-brand hopefuls

Dale 3
Trollface

Tickets

They should have involved the people* responsible for London Olympic ticketing. Look how well that is being managed.

* Probably best not to mention the company name

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London's Oyster card website still down after 12-hour outage

Dale 3
Boffin

Re: Unexpected error

In the old days, an "expected" error was, for example, the user ejecting the floppy disk prematurely. The error was "expected" in the sense that the designer or developer spent some time thinking about what sorts of things could possibly go wrong, and coded against them. The most likely response would have been an error message - hopefully one more meaningful than just a coded number.

An "unexpected" error, on the other hand, is one that they didn't think of. But they still had the good sense to catch it, and display a coded number which could be reported to customer support to aide diagnosing the fault, so that in the next release it could be turned into an "expected" error and handled properly.

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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

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Thumb Up

Re: I'd worry more...

Well I was also expecting a paragraph announcing some new Big Government IT Project, and was astounded to see this instead:

"The Met is also considering adopting software currently used..."

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That steady diet of EastEnders IS turning her into a shrew

Dale 3

Control group

So where's the control group of women who didn't watch the soap or the violent show before having their level of aggression measured?

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Judge nixes Apple's bid to patent-bash bankrupt Kodak

Dale 3

"previews of a digital image on an LCD screen"

Which part of 19th century photography involved digital images and LCD screens? Just askin'.

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Google to app devs: Use our pay system ... OR ELSE

Dale 3

Re: hm.

Perhaps requires an investigation that invokes use of words such as "antitrust", "price-fixing", "cartel" and perhaps even "racketeering" if one tries hard enough.

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BBC iPlayer boss: smart TVs not sufficiently simple

Dale 3

IPTV through EPG

Connecting to the IPTV services (especially catch-ups like IPlayer) through the EPG is basically what you want. A consistent user experience with just one place to go to look for programmes. If it is on now, switch the tuner over to that channel and watch it. If it is on later, set up a recording. If it was on earlier, stream it over the network.

No need for a huge SLOW website-like interface for old programmes, which looks different from the grid-like interface you use for future programmes, which is hard for mother-in-law to understand, which means phone calls to me. (Basically I measure simplicity - and therefore suitability for public use - on an inverse scale of number of phone calls.)

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Powerful, wallet-sized Raspberry Pi computer sells out in SECONDS

Dale 3
Facepalm

Re: Pre-Order

My mother-in-law bought an object in an M&S sale for the sole reason that it cost 50p. She had absolutely no idea what it was, but "it was cheap!" and she simply can't walk past a "bargain". (It turned out to be a USB hub, so quite a good deal theoretically if not for the fact I already have two.)

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iPad 3 launch news pushes Apple shares to $500bn high

Dale 3
Pint

Re: Re: Balls

Well I DID invest, and I am the proud owner of 5 shares. If the rumours turn out to be true, £6.26 of that $7B dividend is mine! (Less 15% dividend tax, of course.) Drinks all round.

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Intel 520 240GB SSD

Dale 3

Power consumption

I imagine most people are most interested in SSDs for their speed. The next most interesting number to me is power consumption. It's a shame that it doesn't feature much in these reviews.

My laptop runs continuously, mostly used as a desktop replacement rather than being lugged around. I was keen to replace the HDD with a SSD to increase reliability and lower power consumption, until I discovered that most SSD seem to have about the same power consumption as the equivalent HDD. That was disappointing. Would be nice if power consumption were included in the summary box.

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New patent will give iPhone screen interactive 3D

Dale 3

Good

Just remember to hold it right.

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Phone maker punts AA-powered blower

Dale 3

Talk time?

I wonder what sort of talktime you get with a single AA battery and a phone wanting to transmit at up to 2W?

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Vint Cerf: 'The internet is not a human right'

Dale 3

The only way

"It is however on its way to become one by the nature of being the only way (or the only sensible no/low cost way) to do things."

Even if the internet did become the only way to communicate, that still wouldn't make it a basic human right. The human right would still be to communicate; the internet would still be simply a medium through which we could exercise the right to communicate (albeit a very important medium).

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Punctured Google+ leaks bored users

Dale 3

Google+

I can't really be bothered to sign up. I'm probably not the only one.

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iPad 3 to debut Q3 2012 as iPad 4

Dale 3

Subscribe

I'm surprised they don't just distrubute these products on a subscription basis. People are paying annually anyway, might as well do it with a standing order.

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Corning launches can-stand-the-heat Lotus glass for phones

Dale 3
Boffin

Coefficient, not unit

It's a coefficient, not a unit. You could determine it experimentally by measuring the length (or volume) of a piece of the material at one temperature, and then again at another temperature, and then divide the two measurements. Because you are dividing the same units the resulting ratio has no units. If you then divide it by the temperature difference you get the coefficient, whose unit is "per degree C". Hence "33.9 * 10^-7 / degree C".

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Apple flat-screen TV rumor rises yet again

Dale 3

iTV

What a shame ITV is already taken. Lawyers, on your marks...

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Just seven solar cars reach Adelaide alive

Dale 3
Headmaster

"under their own steam"

I thought they were supposed to be solar powered?

Sorry :-(

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This just in: Brussels shatters CRT cartel

Dale 3

The LCD cartel

Don't you worry about that. The EU is expecting to Fast Track the investigation into alleged LCD cartel activity in 2024. As soon as the laserdisk investigation is finished.

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Chocolate weighed in Schwarzeneggers: Official

Dale 3
Pint

Fab article

A tremendous return to form. Too many of the new writers seem to have lost the writing style that makes El Reg such a delight to read. Thank you, Mr Haines.

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WikiLeaks memoir races to 537th on bestseller chart

Dale 3

Scan

Actually 644 people have bought it and are in the process of scanning it. I guess that accounts for the low sales; everyone else is waiting for the upload to finish.

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Ofcom begins crackdown on auto-renew telco contracts

Dale 3
Boffin

Google Calendar

I use a Google Calendar to set up long range reminders on the dates that the various long term things expire, including contracts, savings account special bonus rates, energy fixes, credit card 0% deals, etc. Set it up to email yourself a reminder a few weeks before so you have time to switch. I would prefer not to have ARCs but if you have any that aren't subject to the OFCOM ruling, this is one way to cope with them.

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Zalman ZM-VE200 portable virtual Rom drive

Dale 3

DVD-R

Is there a CD-R or DVD-R capable version of these? The wife's netbook wants to create its restore media on an actual DVD-R and won't simply create an ISO, which would have been the sensible alternative. One of these to create an ISO would be really convenient.

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Ofcom pilots paid-for voting and compo rules for broadcasters

Dale 3

My vote counts

Pay real money for a negligible vote in a choice that doesn't matter, for an outcome that makes no difference to anything.

It's entertaining, I suppose.

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Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM

Dale 3
Boffin

speak to live tellers via touch screens

If you would like to make a deposit, touch my nose. If you would like to check your balance, touch my left ear. If you would like to make a deposit, poke me in the eye...

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Intel: Apple has online app sales exactly backwards

Dale 3
WTF?

The traditional model

@Mark 65 hit the nail on the head (so to speak). Retail tradition is having lots of different stores for different things. That's exactly what Intel's AppUp product is, and exactly what Apple's App Store isn't.

Everything the Intel guy said was "wrong" with Apple should in fact be applied to his own product. Maybe he should have another look at Apple's sales statistics before commenting how wrong Apple is. They seem to be doing rather well actually.

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Mobee Magic Charger

Dale 3

Charging mouse mat

When I saw the headline I thought I would get an article about someone finally making a mousemat with a built-in charging coil. Nope. Looks like that patent is still waiting to be grabbed.

The possible advantages are smaller or lower capacity batteries making the mouse lighter, and it can be continuously charged. Or, thanks to USB to the mat, it can switch off the mat until the charge drops below 50%, to avoid running the charger constantly.

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Heathrow to get new facial recognition scanners

Dale 3
FAIL

Sea borders

Hey, don't say they don't do security theatre at the UK sea borders. Last year while travelling out of Dover on a coach trip, our coach was randomly pulled out for screening, and 5 bags were randomly pulled out of the hold for X-raying.

Fair enough, I suppose, random searches for drugs and so on. But then the 5 owners of the 5 bags were required to get off the bus and also walk through the metal detector. Now what, do you suppose, was that meant to achieve? They didn't search the coach itself, so anyone with contraband on his person is surely just going to leave it behind on the coach.

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