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1763 posts • joined 24 Jun 2009

UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Re: Soon you will be able to connect your own PC to your smart meter

Visual Meter reading will still be needed.

Just to make sure :-

1) the device hasn't been tampered with

2) the device is safe.

Just not as often.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook tells world: 'I’m proud to be gay'

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Yes it does matter to some people

Especially in the 'Bible Belt' of the US. Some states still have laws that make it perfeclty legal to fire someone for being Gay/Lesbian.

Then there is Uganda where engaging in a gay relationship could get toy sentenced to death.

Most of the hard line Moslem world make it very hard for Gay people to be open about their sexuality.

On the upside, being Openly Gay is mostly better than openly Transexual in a large part of the world.

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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But...

Can you afford the leccy? some of that kit is not exactly known for sipping power you know.

or

Where's the leccy going to come from if any more power stations get switched off.

Don't talk about Wind Power. Remember that in winters we sometimes sit under a High Pressure for several days (if not longer) with cold winds coming straight from Siberia to freeze our naughty bits off.

Otherwise, a nice thought but be careful with any USB devices they might have cloned chips and subsequently get bricked. What price your data then?

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This is why we CAN have nice things: Samsung Galaxy Alpha

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But how long will the Galaxy last?

Given the big black holes in Samsung's Q3 results {yeah I know this is The Register} and their announcement that their Mobile Division is in for a big overhaul to compete with the low/mid price range phones coming out of China, how long will Samsung have anything in the top end price bracket?

Will they leave the top end all to Apple in their race to the bottom?

IMHO, Samsung can't compete with the likes of Xaomi, lenovo etc on price or functionality so they may just have to give up alltogether.

Frankly, they have far too many different models to make sense. Many models are made for specific markets. All this specificty costs money.

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Pah!

What about the new CPU then?

Seems to knock the spots off the competition according a number of benchmarks but that ain't news is it.

More RAM as well.

We know you can't seem to write anything positive about Apple so why not give it a rest for a while there's a good chap?

Now if you were to write something about the lack of upgradeability of the new Mac Mini then that would be fine because that is a source of much angst in the FanBoi world.

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Even a broken watch is right twice a day: Not an un-charged Apple Watch

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Re: Odd

As the device hasn't gone on sale yet there seems to be a lot of fuzzy infor doing the rounds.

If my memory is correct, Apple said

that it will work with the iPhone 5S. In fact that is the onlyt way to get ApplePay working with an iPhone 5S

By modern standards, the iPhone 5S is not a huge phone.

We shall have to wait and see what the thing is with charging these watchlike things.

I do know on thing for sure.

I won't be buying any smart watch no matter who makes it. Getting watch staps to go round my huge bony wrists is next to impossible and for devices that come with builtIn straps/bracelets type thingies, then they are a clear no-go for me.

Now if someone was to put one on a nice gold chain and in a case like a proper pocket watch I might be interested.

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Microsoft to bake Skype into IE, without plugins

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FAIL

Even more reason to

Rename IEXPLORE.EXE to

DO_NO_USE_THIS_EVER_OR_YOU_WILL_BE_NUKED.exe

Come on MS, do us all a favour and let us remove this blot on the landscape if we so desire.

And... do we really need Skype on Windows Server? If you do, you can install it

But seriously NO, No and Thrice No.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Re: So when

Don't you be giving RyanAir any ideas ok?

No clothes? Less weight ==== More profit.

Remember that RyanAir would like you to be able to stand up for all of a flight just to pack more people in. If they could load a plane line the Waterloo & City Line on a bad day then they would.

Careful what you wish for!

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SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Balmer's Tax [redacted] trick

Buy a sports team and pay very little Tax

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/10/27/0237200/steve-ballmer-gets-billion-dollar-tax-write-off-for-being-basketball-baron

Pot calling kettle black a bit here...

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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Re: Confused

What if...

You link to a Cat Video and the content gets changes to Child Pron?

Are you guilty of distributing Child Pron? Anyone who clicks of the link and views that shite should (theoreticall) just report to Jail, do not pass Go and ... well you know the rest.

The only thing you can do to protect yourself is to video you clicking on the link and seeing the Cat Video. Then you have evidence that the link worked. You should also put some text on your site that says something along the lines

'Joe Bloggs is not responsible for the content that is located on external sites'.

Don't know if the Plod would accept that though but you could cite the BBC who do something similar.

But don't put that video on the interwebs though.

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BAE points electromagnetic projectile at US Army

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Imagine rail mounted ones?

Can I have my patent now please?

Oh Wait....

Bummer, been done already.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BL_18_inch_railway_howitzer

The 'Boche Buster' has a nice ring to it.

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T-Mobile US chief SUCKS UP to Apple, gently ridicules rivals over SIM lockdown play

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How secure is your WiFi browsing at the local Cafe?

How do you know that the person sitting at a table 30 ft away from you isn't sniffing all your packets?

Then what about those times when you want to get connected and there is no Free WiFi around AND you Mobile Carrier/Plan won't allow Tethering?

If you are used to direct connection to a 3G/4G network then going back to Wifi is a big retrograde step IMHO.

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Fanboi-and-fanfare-free fondleslabs fail to fire imagination

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Re: Ah!

Well done!

you have moved from the apple Walled Garden to the google Advertising and data slurping one. Ok, it has slightly lower walls but Google will now know an awful lot more about you. That data is power to them which they will sell.

If you however wiped the OOTB software and installed a proper Linux go to the top of the class and get 5 gold stars.

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UK.gov pushes for SWIFT ACTION against nuisance calls, threatens £500k fines

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Mushroom

The problem is that we the recipient is powerless

To stop this crap from coming.

Now it is automated voice responce calls about some ficticious RTA that I had in the last two years.

The most recent ones are coming from an 01234 945006 (Bedford number)

Why can we get this load of [redacted] [redacted] up before the beak charged with inciting people to commit fraud by making false insurance claims?

I'd like to [see Icon] to each and everyone involved with this business

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Kingston's aviation empire: From industry firsts to Airfix heroes

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don't forget

the role that Dunsfold played in latter years of the Kingston Plant.

I worked at Hawkers in 1975/76. I only left because of the £6.00 a week pay max rise that was imposed by the then Labour government.

Sounds silly now but back then Graduates were on starting salaries of around £2400 a year.

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Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

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Why?

would I want to keep using something that

1) Has lost its way (aka doing a Microsoft)

2) Is going its own thing and saying 'up-yours' to the rest of the FOSS world

3) seems to be increasingly fragmented and buggy since 12.04.

I'll probably try it in a VM but frankly I don't have time to fix all the issues any more.

I switched to CentOS 6 last year and love the stability. sure there are a few things that I need to work on to make everything on my ASUS Laptop work but once done it stays done.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Pirate

Piracy Websites?

Oh, that will be anything ending in .fr then

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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All that cash

surely maked them a Takeover Target.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Plus

Every login will ask the mothership for permission to launch before allowing the user access to their own system.

Well, that has to be there if licensing by subscription is to take off.

Not connected to the interweb? Then 'Computer says bog off'.

That's how I see it all panning out.

If by some freak this comes to fruition then I forsee another Windows 8 disaster in the making in terms of user acceptance.

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Apple, GT in SECRET SAPPHIRE peaceable parting PACT

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Re: Sucker got unsuckered ?

How do you explain the CEO's stock sales then?

The SEC is going to want some questions answered over this.

Personally, I think that the CEO was somehing on a snake oil salesman and magician combined. He got Apple on the hook, took the money and ran away leaving the company a dead duck.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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No no children

Calm down.

pirthous makes some valid points that deserve to be answered.

for example, IMHO if W10 is to be adopted by business most IT Depts wold insist that the AppStore is either disabled or preferable removed alltogether. If feedback to MS makes this possible then it is goodness.

So why not take the time to answer the poins (yes some are verging on rants) before gettin abusive.

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FedEx helps deliver THOUSANDS of spam messages DIRECT to its Blighty customers

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Re: Past time.

Can we qualify that to

Ban 'Reply all'

When the list of recipients is greater than 'n' where 'n' is confgurable.

For a small number of recipients it is still useful but as with any tool/gun/canon, in the wrong hands it can have really bad consequences.

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Hey, iPhone 6 fanbois: Apple's bonk to 'Pay' app IS GO

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re: your comment

So don't use Apple

You have a choice. It is not as if anyone is forcing you to buy their products.

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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Re: Australia's Federal Police

Perhaps they need to visit the Fletcher Memorial home just so that

they can appear to themselves every day on closed circuit t.v.

{apologies to Roger Waters}

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STONER SHEEP get the MUNCHIES after feasting on £4k worth of cannabis plants

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Ah!

Time to bring out the Mony Python sketch about 'Flying Sheep'

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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Re: ...adjust customers' trousers* to fit the large handset

Sonic Screwdriver envy perhaps?

Perhaps they think it is a sibling of Sonic the Hedgehog?

time to put me coat on and toddle off down the pub for a Sunday Pint (or three) of T.E.A methinks.

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But....?????????

According to ElReg, no one in China wants an iPhone6/6+. That means that this guy will soon be out of business or will he?

Are there sightings of an endangered species (Chinese Fanbois) or are they breeding well?

We deserve to know the truth?

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Re: Small company similar issue

10 minutes?

Just think of those Sunderland fans who made the long trip to Southampton and had to endure 90mins of hell in that 8-0 thrashing. Then they had a 300 mile journey home. Poor sods.

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Re: The right question is not if you should call her mom

Because {cue appropriate Monty Python voice}

"You have been a very naughy boy/girl."

etc

etc

Then you can crucify said person in fron of their peers with impunity.

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Ploppr: The #VultureTRENDING App of the Now

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Coat

You asked for it

No Shit man!

Oh Crap

Nice Shit Man

Piss all use to man nor beast

etc

etc

etc

Coat? Yep. The one with Bob Flowerdew's book in the pocket.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: The simple way to avoid this..

IMHO, it will be the Carriers/Networks that would be against this. If Apple and whoever is next to implement this asks the Carriers to let them use this in country X and the carriers say no then how much bad publicity would that be for that Carrier.

I see this as making the gouging from roaming largely a thing of the past except in places like India where you have to hand over the soul of your firstborn to ger a SIM.

I am just surprised that it has taken until now for it to happen.

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: With the AppleSIM I have more choice!

If the advent of this helps the user move carriers easily then what is wrong with that?

You have bought into the apple Eco System already because you bought the thing in the first place. Surely making it east to change networks is a good thing?

IMHO, this results in less lock in when it comes to the mobile networks.

Then when travelling it can make it easier to sign up for a temp data plan where to are at.

The proof of how valuable this actually is, will be shown over time.

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Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)

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But this is Google

How much of that lovely data going down those beautiful fat pipes is used for their Data Slurping and sent back to the user as 'Targetted Adverts'?

What is the Divorce rate in areas served by Google Fibre? Has there been an increase in sudden divorces as... well you know those adverts for certain semi legal services start appearing when the lady of the house goes online to buy something girly? (Or the other way round...)

The speed might be great but there has to be a downside if Google is involved isn't there...

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AWS pulls desktop-as-a-service from the PC

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Zero client?

looks like a plethora of stuff from the 1980's resurfacing at the latest fad.

I spent many an hour working at a diskless 'X' terminal.

Meh!

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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FAIL

MS Plans for world domination

just took a few steps backwards.

another Legal Dept totally disconnected from reality. Oh well, I expect they'll all be stanting for election soon after all, they are perfectly qualified.

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It's 2014 and you can still own a Windows box using a Word file or font

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Re: The Updates don't (all) workm(properly)....

And on Win8.1, \Windows\system32\MRT.exe (i.e. the Malicious Software Removal Tool) gets flagged by the AVG Virus scanner.

working as designed then? time for me coat then. Mines the one with an abacus in the pocket. No malware reported for them (yet...)

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It's a TAB-tastrophe – 83 million fewer units to ship in 2014

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Re: 2 years for my Nexus 7...

you could be made to sit on the 'naughty step' for calling your device 'shiny shiny'. Shirley that is reserved for the desription of Fruity fondleslabs around here? Everything else is the 'bees knees'.

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ONE MILLION people already running Windows 10

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Yeah But

How many downloaded it, installed it into a VM and then realised that:-

1) It is more of the same crap

2) MS are logging everything you do

so deleted it right away?

Perhaps this is perfect subject for a Poll?

I got the Server version and installed it into a VM. didn't delete it though but moved the VM to a system that has zero connectivity to the outside world. How many have done something similar?

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Re: diagnostics test...

May I humbly suggest that Zuck takes his money and put into medical services on the ground. It would be far more useful there.

There is a 2-3hr test for Ebola about to become available. It is being developed in the UK (southampton). There was a bit about it on BBC Radio 5 earlier this morning.(between 06:00 and 06:20) I listened to it as I drove into work.

The current CDC test requires cold storage and leccy. The new test can be freze dried for easy shipment and storage.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Many of us are forced to use MS Software

Well said Mr Pott.

I've been using computers since 1972. Those were the days of punched cards, paper tape and batch runs overnight. Then I got a PDP-11/40 to play with for my degree project. I've been writing software and building the odd bit of hardware to go with it ever since.

Been there, done that got the 'T-shirt' (in larger sizes these days).

I'm close to retiring so yes I will get a job that does not involve computers in a little over two years when I hit 65. Until then I have to use Microsoft in my day job. For my personal use it is OSX, Linux and and the occassional bit of OpenVMS when I run up the Dec Alpha 2100 that I have in the garage.

Windows is trying desperatly to be everythnig to everyone (much like Ubuntu seems to be) and is IMHO doomed to failure. IT won't happen overnight because far too many businesses are totally dependant upon thei software to function. A case of 'form over function' but hey what do I know, I can only do Octal addition.

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Many of us are forced to use MS Software

if we want gainful employment that is...

The Ribbon is [redacted]. WTF does Windows explorer need a Ribbon Interface? At least you can get by with minimizing it but personally MS U/I design has gone totally to pot since the introduction of the Office Ribbon. The usability has really gone downhill and frankly the abuse they get is totally deserved IMHO.

And at least I'm not hiding behind the A/C.

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Windows XP refresh will DO NOTHING for lame PC market next year

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Re: Windows 9?

You'll be waiting a long time for that then....

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: My opinion of the device...

You don't have to use iTunes when using an 'i' device. Once upon a time yes that was the case but now this is no longer true. 'Her indoors' loves her iPad Mini and has never had to use iTunes since she got it last Crimble.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Re: Branding bugs

Or the few financial institutions still using Windows 2000 !!!!!!!!

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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Two tips

1) Don't use Flash - Well that is obvious in this day and age

2) Don't link to a gazillion ad trackers, hit counters and other shite sites that take ages to load. There are people who don't use Adblock+ you know.

Quite why a simple page has bits from up to 20 other sites embedded in it then sorry, you have totally failed IMHO.

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Vanmoof Electrified Bike: Crouching cyclist, hidden power

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Sadly lacking two fairly essential features

1) the cup holder for that pumpkin spiced de-caf low fat latte that will be drunk while being nice people and not jumping 'red' lights (yeah fat chance of that happeing innit!)

2) the mounting point for the 'i' device. Has to include charger connection from the bike's battery so that their device won't run out of power by lunchtime.

Then all the fanbois will lap these up in a jiffy.

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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Re: "70 free channels"

I am sure that the PVR won't be 'free' for long. EE will have to recoup its costs somewhere won't they?

Isn't Freeview in danger of being squeezed out by the 4th Gen networks? Don't ofcom want us to switch to Satellite/Cable thus giving them all that lovely terrestrial bandwith to flog off?

May I humbly suggest that (unless you want footie) you get a FreeSat dish installed and a decent PVR. No more monthly charges and being beholden to a Telco for your gogglebox viewing.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

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But will an Apple Hater step up to the plate?

and buy the thing and ceremoniously destroy it out of pure hatred for Mr Jobs and his cult?

Come on Jasper, we know that you don't like the Fruity Company so it shouldn't be too hard to find someone to do this for you. It would really make your day.

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Rupert Murdoch outs self as iPhone 6 fanboi

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Alien

But you can hardly call Rupert a hipster now can you?

Oh wait....

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Kmart apologizes to customers after month-long security breach

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Re: NSA's job

WTF???????

Are you having me on?

Why on earth would the likes of GCHQ/NSA etc inform companies that their IT Systems Security is crap.

The more holes in them there are, the more data on the rest of us they can slurp free of charge and warrantless.

If they told a company that (for example) port 56789 in their firewall was open and would give admin access to the system containing all the names, addresses and credit histories of their customers, the spooks would have to admit that they had hacked the system themselves and be open to a whole lot of bad publicity, questions in the house and even the odd lawsuit or dozen. Put yourself in their shoes. Would you openly admit to these weaknesses?

There is more chance of a dog walking on Mars in the next five years than there is of the like of the NSA/GCHQ admitting that the sun rises in the east that there is of them owning yo all sorts of nefarious data slurping hacks.

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