* Posts by James 51

1557 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Verizon: FINE OK, you can now rid your life of our stalker supercookies

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Because they can and we've no easy way to stop them.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

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Re: One does not simply walk into an Apple store..

And having to turn the turbo button off so wing commander was playable.

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Re: One does not simply walk into an Apple store..

Windows 3.11 on DOS 6.22 is one of the best OS I have used. Windows 7 is a close second. Actually plug and play puts it over the line by a nose.

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Police ICT Company finally lurches off the ground

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I know quangos get bad publicity but there should be one that can advise the rest of the public sector on tech spend and implementation. Here's the catch, it should be staffed by IT professionals who know what they're talking about. If something goes wrong, they should review what happened and produce recommendations. If something fails a second time, then it's comfy cushion time.

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Apple's 13-incher will STILL cost you a bomb: MacBook Air 2015

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Re: It's not expensive

4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD are entry level specs but £800 is not an entry level price. The battery life is excellent but then I carried an extra battery for my netbook and get something similar. It is a good machine but it's not good value for money and the price of the RAM and SSD upgrades show Apple's contempt for their customers.

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It's just too expensive for what it is. Apple need to bring it down to at least £500 or over some serious upgrades.

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Opportunity suffers another flash-memory 'amnesia' moment

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It will be sad when it finally goes but that ssd must be well done it's normal wear and tear life cycle by now.

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Affirmative wrist action: Pebble Time raises 20 MEELLION BUCKS on Kickstarter

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Re: "back-lit colour e-paper"

Aw well. There I go hoping for the moon on a stick. Thanks for clearing that up.

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"back-lit colour e-paper"

I thought that e-ink couldn't be backlit because all the elements were too close together for a backlight to work.

I am surprised that no one has mentioned if the colour e-ink will make it into an e-reader any time soon.

The straps could be a big draw for this as well.

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UN inflicts 10,000 flat pack IKEA shelters on Iraq - WITHOUT TOOLS

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Sounds like it would make ideal student housing too.

Or a 'man cave' in the garden. Hmm wonder how much they retail for.

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Did we just wake up in an alternate universe? BlackBerry turns a profit

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Re: The Ed Miliband of smartphones

The only thing I don't like about the Z30 is the baked in battery. Otherwise I would seriously consider foregoing the physical keyboard on my Q10 to get one.

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Appeal court bombshell: Google must face British justice for 'Safari spying'

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Good luck to them. Given the amount of cash and other resources Google is going to throw at them they are going to need it.

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Force your hand: Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Looks ok but...

E-ink would be more practical.

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Tennessee sues FCC: Giving cities free rein to provide their own broadband is 'unlawful'

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I am surprised that this isn't being framed as a local democracy issue with a small town/rural area trying to provide for it's citizens when the free market has failed them and the state law is anti-freedom and anti-democratic. It's easy to see that interaction between government and citizen is slowly being moved to digital first. The state needs to fill in the blanks for that to happen ans the benefits to society might justify a small financial hit.

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YOUR DATA could be SOLD in RadioShack's bankruptcy auction

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Re: Possibly the smelliest kind of havoc I agree

I did but when I read it back and saw the single entendre I decided to leave it.

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No one is safe if this kind of crap is allowed to past muster. You might have a trusted supplier but if they are sold to another company, get taken over or bankrupt the potential to reek havoc could be immense.

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As H-dot Oettinger drafts Europe's new copyright laws – who's he been talking to?

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We may be living in interesting times....

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Premera healthcare: US govt security audit gave hacked biz thumbs up

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In cases like this companies need to have their feet held to the fire otherwise nothing will change. Who ever designed the security accreditation they got needs to go over what happened and make some serious changes otherwise it isn't worth anything. Aren't these people suppose to be professionals?

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

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How in the name of $deity do these companies keep getting government contracts and actually paid for failing so spectacularly? Stuff like this is suppose to be the bedrock of our democracy. If you can't vote then you are excluded from the one thing politicians actually need from us once every few years.

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BIG DATA wizards: LEARN from CERN, not the F500

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We need 'CERN does it better' t-shirts.

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The Voices: A horror-comedy that’s as schizophrenic as its protagonist

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You had me at Ryan Reynolds. That's one to avoid.

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Oxford boffins publish fine-scale regional genetic map of UK

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Re: Aren't you lucky...

Perhaps but I also suspect in certain areas you could plot differences down to street level.

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Re: Aren't you lucky...

Like celtic and celtic. Both are spelt the same but one is the football culb and pronounced pronounced as you'd expect and the other is closer to being pronounced keltic. At least according to various accents and dialects I've heard.

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It is going to be interesting to see what those who are interested in identity politics make of this.

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British Judo in deep shido after cyber attack

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Re: association is grappling with an information breach

Well to death would take a little bit longer than three seconds but I was thinking the same thing. A guy who had a black belt in various -istu's once told me you'll never see a group of more polite and considerate drunk guys than at their annual local governing body bash because you don't want to start a fight there accidentally or otherwise. The place also took the bouncers off for the night too for some reason :P

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At least they're handling the breach right.

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FTC: All-powerful Google ABUSED rivals. So we did NOTHING

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Www.duckduckgo.com

Hmm commissioner, how your search for ------ going?

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Massive DDoS racks up $30,000-a-day Amazon bill for China activists

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You'd hope that amazon would do the right thing here and wave the fees. After all that's forcing the victim to literally pay for crime and the positive press of handling the situation well would be worth a lot more.

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Hackers prove security still a myth on Windows PCs, bag $320,000

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There's something about this story that brings a warm glow to my heart. Hackery as it should be.

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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In theory it's a good idea but it's only a matter of time before it will be abused. How many times have agencies like the NSA and GCHQ promised they weren't doing it and then got caught doing it? And that's before you get into various police agencies as well. The hardware and software will need to be absolutely rock solid.

It's a pity that things have gone so far that obvious advances in safety get thought of in the ways they will be used against us instead of to help us. Otherwise you could start thinking about things like weight sensors that could detect the number of people in the car, accelerometers that gave some idea of the force of the impact etc etc. Not spots might still pose a problem.

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GCHQ: Ensure biz security by STOPPING everyone from TALKING

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All good points but as long as good security is seen as a cost and a source of friction it the comprises made are more likely to fall one way than the other.

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Home Office splashed £35m trying to escape e-Borders contract

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I wish that I could completely fail at my job then collect enough money to set me up for a couple of life times.

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Apple Watch is like an invasive weed says Gartner

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There are ways of stripping the DRM out of itunes purchases so you just get that nasty taste when you buy your stuff and you can use it as you please later.

Apple products are just too expensive for them to completely dominate the industry but that won't stop them from spooking a lot of players.

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Speaking in Tech: Why doesn't Facebook just stop doing stuff?

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Listened in for the blackberry tablet segment and had to stop. Less group think and more detail and analysis please. The random bashing of the company in general too came across like someone trying to hard to be cool and when someone like me comes out with that kind of criticism, you need help.

BTW if an FBI agent is too stupid to be able to use his equipment properly, I would hope that the solution is not to let him comprise what ever he is doing by attaching unsecured random equipment to what I am guess is suppose to be a secure network.

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BBC websites GO TITSUP – Auntie blames 'internal system failure'

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Was just able to go to www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and start watch the 6 nations streaming.

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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If you have hacked someone's computer or phone then you've effectively bugged them, searched their house and placed a GPS tracker on them with the phone. They're taking the 'on a mobile device' standard to their powers to avoid having to fill in all that pesky paperwork or you know, obey they law on breaking and entering and the computer misuse act. Probably data protection as well.

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

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If not the NHS perhaps NICE should be getting right on that. Improved patient outcomes and reduced costs. Double win.

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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Re: Hidden TrueCrypt volumes

It's all theatre designed to keep you in your place. There are a number of inherently stupid features of airport security. The absolutely rammed spaced just before security in particular. I would go further in my critique but it would probably be accidental mis-interpreted as something more sinister and my typing privileges would be revoked for some time.

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Re: How about this response?

These are the types of chumps that have opened diplomatic bags. I doubt informing they'd let this stop them.

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Re: Confidential information

There have been rumours for years about border agents taking electronic equipment from business men entering the US and later competitors have a mysterious edge.

It's just a pity that from the media laws like this seem to be used as a crutch by lazy and incompetent fishermen and a power like this is ripe for abuse. If someone is guilty of a crime that would warrant examining their hardware like this you'd hope the police would be able to piece something together without it or have the expertise to get through without it. There is a difference between secret and private.

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US Senators hope to crack down on the trade of private information

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I think they don't stand a snowball's chance in hell but good luck to them.

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Microsoft comes right out and says backup software is dead

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Perhaps eventually one day if we don't give a toss about security. My work does a full on site disaster recovery every six months to the point they rent an AS400 for a week and have users test it. Expensive yes but we know baring major civil disruption we can be back up in twenty four hours. I am guess with MS that might be achieved with the flick of a switch but there's always a catch.

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Storm in a K-Cup: My SHAME over the eco-monster I created, says coffee pod inventor

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Most of the time I make do with some loose leaf Russian earl grey (never knew there was an earl grey in Russia too) in a little steeper. One step up from sticking a tea bag in but it is nicer.

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Australia threatens to pull buckets of astronomy funding

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Proof if it were needed that some politicians just don't give a damm about anything except winning.

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Twitter fears big EU tech payout to pacify lawmakers over data-slurping concerns

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I think the data restrictions are more to do with the EU's experiences with totalitarian governments. The STASI are the example everyone rolls out but fascism and communism show how this data can be abused.

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I usually fill in nonsense. Create enough noise and the valuable stuff gets lost. Though you wonder why the US seems to insist on have data protection that is so pathetic that the EU turn their nose up at it.

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BlackBerry gets flirty with QWERTY IP, launches $275 Leap

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I have a Q10 which has the same CPU. Only problem it has been slow is a few framerate issues running some Android games.

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Nokia boss smashes net neutrality activists

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Even packet prioritisation might not help if the network is being flooded by a DDOS. If driverless cars need a connection that badly, why not use a dedicated wireless network or subdivision of what is already out there.

Of course a more accurate description of net neutrality fears might be if car from manufacture X gets priority over manufacture Y because they've bought up all the high speed access or have paid to downgrade others access.

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Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

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Blackberries have had this for years. Only problem is that you couldn't use it and blackberry protect on the same device.

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Jolla launches Sailfish 2.0, now with added security

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That is probably the first time there has been a positive comment about the playbook I have seen on el reg. A nice surprise. The jolla tablet is top of my list to replace my playbook finally dies (over three years and still going strong).

It will be interesting to see if they develop something like the bridge or blend between the handsets and the tablets.

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