* Posts by lukewarmdog

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Soon only Ticketmaster will rip you off: Concert scalper bots face US ban

lukewarmdog

"I'm not going to get anything like that location if I do it myself"

Why not?

With no touts, when you phone up you will get the tickets that they are no longer getting.

A lot of what is wrong with ticketing is a fan problem. Anyone who pays $1000 for a ticket that is $180 face value is the problem, not part of it, all of it.

Anyone who thinks $180 for a ticket is acceptable.. also the problem.

I'd like to see fake concerts set up, honeypots to bankrupt touts.

I'd also like to see venues insisting that only the original purchaser can use the ticket. If you can't go, you return the ticket to the venue for resale.

Having said all that.. I'm sure the law will do something to help the problem. Maybe. Can't hurt I guess, secondary ticketing needs to stop being a thing.

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Pythons Idle and Cleese pen anti-selfie screed

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Megaphone

Shouting at clouds

You say that like it's a bad thing.

I'm with them, screw those selfie people with their own sticks. If god had meant us to take selfies, he'd have given us extending arms. Therefore they're an affront to God and should burn in heck. And another thing, where are my slippers.

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Boffins find Galaxy making killer radiation, rule out Samsung phone as source

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Mushroom

Alien TV

It's clearly the ad-break for the popular alien soap "come slime with me" and everyone has just put the kettle on and taken to "Geddit - the front page of the Universe" to speculate on when Winter will come and just what the hell that even actually is.

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GoPro drone moan brings more bad Karma

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IT Angle

Cameras already exist, drones already exist, how was it possible to get this so wrong? Sellotape, blu tac, a couple of screws.. anything would have done really..

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Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike

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the exchange rate

Since this article, the pound has gone up against the dollar.

Can you check again if the companies are going to revise their prices to reflect this please.

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Celeb-backed music TV phallus Electric Jukebox finally ready for launch

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FAIL

Surely the saving doesn't kick in until you've paid for the tv you need to plug the thing into in the first place?

Stupid idea cos my tv already has radio and music channels and I also have Amazon Prime with more music as a side effect of getting free shipping on the records I buy.

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Facebook chokes off car insurance slurp because – get this – it has privacy concerns

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The whole thing is pretty stupid. May as well ask the person applying to write an essay and analyse that, you don't need to access Facebook. Maybe I should pitch that to Admiral.

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America has one month to stop the FBI getting its global license to hack

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Joke

america uber alles

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith snagged a photo-op with Obama. Joe later referred to him as Commander-in-Chief and leader of the free world.

That's what taking too many drugs does to you. You end up thinking there's a free world..

http://ijr.com/2016/10/724753-aerosmith-frontmen-post-pic-with-obama-that-sparks-drama-within-the-band/

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Belgian court fines Skype for failing to intercept criminals' calls in 2012

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Is a Skype call transcript admissible evidence? To avoid the admittedly piddly fine Skype could just make something up as there's no other record of the conversation. I find myself agreeing with Skype here, some people in Belgium used their software to have a conversation, they can't carry liability for the download and use of that software. Belgium should block it from working if theyre unhappy with it.

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And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

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Re: Christ almighty, WTF

Closely followed by a redundant arrary of IT management..

This isn't a small business, they can easily afford a system architect to design them something that HP (or whoever) can then provide. There's no way there should be a single box marked "all the software" in the network diagram.

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‘We have many IoT customers’ says Huawei CTO

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"The ddos attack has dropped, we'd best to replace some bulbs"

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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The thing with the talking toaster was that it did not know anything about anyone. It was only self-aware, not aware of customer desires. The self driving car or self-replenishing fridge don't need to be plugged into the Facebook database or your gmail, they don't need to know why you use so much whipped cream, just that you do, don't need to know why you're driving it across town, just that you are going somewhere. What happens when you add ethics is that the car decides your lifestyle is impure and at best refuses to take you to the cream party and at worse murders you for the greater good. Meantime the fridge orders a condolence cake for your wife and kids.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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This won't really work until everyone has better cars.

It's going to be a lot easier for the on-board computers to stay a distance of x away from the car in-front/behind/at both sides when they can talk to the computers in all those other cars. Until then the AI is expected to keep you safe whilst surrounded by unpredictable human driven cars. That's too tall an order in my opinion. If I crash my car into yours we blame each other and our insurance sorts it out. If my AI car crashes into you, it's all over the media, the manufacture goes out of business, prices skyrocket, blame is allocated to the AI.. autopilot is the worst thing to offer drivers as history has shown.

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Trump vs. Clinton III - TPP looks dead, RussiaLeaks confirmed

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“Believe only half of what you see and nothing that you hear.” - Poe

Still, even if you discount all the government agencies, the civilian ones are saying it's Russia. And as the government ones are also saying it's Russia.. maybe don't discount the combined conclusion that it was Russia. There's a tinfoil hat with "it's not Russia" on it on the table over there next to the "who's agenda is it anyway" board game. It's the Middle East version in case you wondered.

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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I'm not sure this is a good idea at all.

Say I buy a smoke detector and it says "google will support this for two years". I'm not going to buy it knowing it only has a two year effective lifespan. I'd honestly rather buy the Internet-free version even without such a "guarantee".

Alternatively I buy a smoke detector with a two year support guarantee and ignore it, like any good shopper would. After two years it's still a smoke detector but now it's also a botnet.

I'm not seeing what real purpose this serves.

It surely also leaves the way open for "generic smoke detector with an online component" with support and updates and mods so you can play pong on it from a Linux community. I hesitate to say "like Cyanogen" given their current circumstances but something like that anyway. Maybe a modular system so ongoing support can also help you build the IoT house. If Google don't slap you down of course.

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Marmite's not the only national treasure hit by Brexit. Will someone think of the PCs?

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"The implosion of the UK’s Labour Party? Blame Brexit (more so leader Jeremy Corbyn)."

Shouldn't that say "thank Jeremy Corbyn"?

I'd be all for forking Labour so we can all see which flavour we want to vote for. There's a rainbow of ideology under this single one word umbrella "labour" and some of it is not mutually compatible. We need at least two parties, Blairites and Corbynites, people can make up their own mind which Marmite they want to vote for then.

As for currency fluctuations, It would be nice (for us in the UK at least) if the BoE and Government could stop talking the economy down and start bigging it up.

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Blighty's National Pupil Database has been used to control immigration

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Thing is, Government needs this data. How else can it blame the previous or next one for the immigration problem?

How many times have we seen "Blair's government allowed 100k more immigrants in" and "Cameron's government has 'lost' 500k immigrants"?

Whether the statistics are at this point meaningful in any way is anyones guess.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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The problem is with the police. That's it. Something has come along that they don't control and they realise they need to be in the loop. Because if something happened on Twitter they didn't know about, they wouldn't be doing their jobs. If they could find out about something in advance, they could do a better job. And whilst this is true to a certain extent it does lead to "let's assign everyone a robot policeman to follow them about all day, preventing crime".

"It's like the cops observing a meeting in a public place, or a conversation on a public street, whatever."

They're not allowed to do this covertly. I'd suggest reading all your online posts without your knowledge is covert. If I knew they read them I'd do thing differently. If a policeman is in uniform the situation is different to undercover cops being present. So yes it is like that but you say it like that would be a good thing and it's not.

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Snowden investigator slams leaker-detector background checks

lukewarmdog

So what he's saying is there's no way to predict when someone will realise the American government is up to no good and release proof of that?

Good!

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

lukewarmdog

“Anyone who sends the message only because he or she thought it was funny would not be committing the offence.”

yes they would, you'd just be letting them off. This makes the least sense of all to me. The kind of person who thought it was funny is exactly the kind of person we need to get off the Internet.

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Device-as-a-Service to make life simple? Nope

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Sounds suspiciously like the unwanted offspring of cloud computing and phone contracts.

I can't see HP supplying me with a machine that can run DOOM in the evening but which clocks down to run Office during the day. But maybe that is exactly what they're thinking.

That game you were playing? Bits of it ramped up to the full specs of your machine. Your bill is therefore £30 more this month than last month. Last month you only used 20% of your allowance but we're still going to charge you the full months worth. Why not upgrade your package to have more compute cycles and get a free cinema ticket?

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Robots blamed for wiping 10 per cent off the value of sterling

lukewarmdog

""Robots blamed"

If only they'd had a robots.txt installed on the servers, a cautionary tale from Frank Herbert about how we mustn't hand over control of our currencies to the machines as they'll just use it to take down humanity from the inside. After all, he who controls the stock exchange selling the spice, controls the spice. And the Universe.

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lukewarmdog
Joke

You have the weirdest eye colour.

Mine are just blue.

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Re: You won't be able to afford the peanuts

I stockpiled some value peanuts from Tesco earlier in the month.

Now my choices are to eat them as a high protein snack or to keep hold of them against the day that London property that I want becomes available.

Or the apes rise up. Damn these difficult decisions.

*munches peanuts to alleviate stress*

*goes to Tesco to buy more peanuts*

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Internet of pills plan calls for drugs to tell you when to take them

lukewarmdog

The app is surely all that is needed and should be configured by the doctor / pharmacist not the user.

Typically you go to the doctor, they write something totally illegible on a bit of paper, you take that to the pharmacy, they print a label you can read on a box of the pills you need to take.

Alternatively whilst the doc is typing out what he just wrote into your medical notes, he could update your phones app and the app can then buzz (or whatever) to say it's time to take your pills. This also reduces the risk of the end user not setting their alarms to remind themselves of what they need to take.

Honestly you'd think whoever came up with this was some kind of e-ink manufacturer trying to find a reason to be relevant.

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'Please label things so I can tell the difference between a mouse and a microphone'

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Working in a school, the kids would often prank the teacher and / or the next set of students in after them.

Without disconnecting it you swap mouse A from computer A over to computer B and vice versa. Cue two confused people, neither of whom's mouse works. You can also disconnect the mouse (and anything else) and people assume they're broken because if the cables go round the back and look like they should be plugged in.. people think they must be. Especially teachers. Replacing the teachers mouse with a broken one was a favourite. Just hide the working one behind the machine, put broken one in it's place. I had one teacher who was made up she had got a wireless mouse and said it was a pity it didn't work. I pointed out someone had just pulled the whole cable out of a wired one.

Rearranging all the keys on the keyboard to spell words was always fun. I was really impressed once, this whole sentence had been formed. Until I realised that to make it they'd had to borrow keys from multiple keyboards making an amusing discovery actually a lot of work.

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Invasion of the virus-addled lightbulbs (and other banana stories)

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"We've written an AI but it's totally safe because WE built it"

Reminds me of that time someone invented dynamite. These things have a habit of blowing up.

We really should be working on something to surpass humanity using AI to invent even better AI so it can finally invent fully working robot brains and bodies.

Then we can get on with the job of transferring our consciousness to those new robot bodies and minds and become the robots ourselves. Then we can move out into the Universe overthrowing stuff preemptively.

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Google 'screwed over' its non-millennials – now they can all fight back

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Re: A lot of unoriginal comments

What do they say about the Tory/Ukip/Brexiter age groups?

You've just encompassed most of the voting population of the UK so I'm really unclear what you'd say about all those people that would make any actual sense.

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Fancy Bears' who-takes-what in sports hack list ‘manipulated’ before leak

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Joke

In Russia, data runs rings round you!

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

lukewarmdog

"No one should be woken up by a low-battery chirp at 2:00am."

See Nest themselves admit nobody should buy one.

It's not SMART if it just pisses you off. It's not dumb if it doesn't. These are just things. All you can say is my £4 detector does its job admirably whilst your $99 has not. So let's think about this, should you buy another unnecessary $99 product? No, no you should not. As you've demonstrated it doesn't add anything except annoyance. The mains version would have alleviated the battery issue but would have made it harder to remove/replace so no easy win there.

And you know what, screw the app. If my house is on fire, I'd rather find out when I get home than have it ruin my holiday. Now if my house burned down and the smart fire alarm booked me a hotel before it melted.. that might be a helpful feature.

An interactive house needs to be created holistically, you can't just buy some stuff off the shelf, screw them to your walls and hope the app that ties them together isn't buggy.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

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Google - "oh frabjous day, we've made an iPhone!"

Apple fanboys : "why?"

Android fanboys : "why?"

Apple lawyers "woohoo, payday"

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When Pornhub meets the Internet of Fridges

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Sorry you wanted a 99?

My bad I got you 69s

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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"Lauri Love is a 31-year-old hacker on the autistic spectrum; he is accused of doing some totally stupid/misguided things and has allegedly hacked into all sorts of places that should not have been hacked"

In that last sentence it should say

"should not have been hackable"

I mean seriously, you've got a guy with a stupid name, an even stupider sounding disease and he hacked your very expensive websites which apparently employs the geniusest of geniuses.

I'd be setting my own house in order, quietly, not very publicly announcing how crap at security I am.

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

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very confused

The article says they provided fake cards but the cards worked, the pubs etc were happy with the service so they were genuine cards?

I'm also confused because why is this a card based system anyway? Why don't these businesses have a box and an account and information is provided to that box based on their account choices and payments? And just how much are these cards worth if they've amassed this reported fortune?

All seems really backwards, a low tech scam that deliver high tech entertainment.

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What’s that Sooty? You want a girlfriend?

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1. i do not know the term for a female Panda.

Fanda!

no.. me neither.

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Londoners react with horror to Tube Chat initiative

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The Tube is your own personal hell (or heaven) and isn't there to be interrupted.

Unless you want it to be. Maybe you want a chat. Except nobody else wants to hear you chat what can only be complete rubbishy small talk. "Oh i see you have a badge, so do I, do you live in London? Me neither, on your way to work (in the morning) or home (in the evening), what do you do in work".

You're now interfering with my peace and quiet and as the Tube is fairly noisy, you're probably compensating by speaking loudly so now everyone in the carriage can hear you. This just isn't a great place to have a chat.

A "fancy a coffee" badge sponsored by Starbucks would be a better idea, a "Trafalgar Square at 4 o'clock chat" badge could be performance art, a "20% OAP discount at Sam's fish and chip shop between 12 and 2" could well drive custom if the old dears could read all that on a small badge.

To me "Tube chat" is like "Motorway chat".. the impracticality of it should have nixed this from the outset altho it has made for good reading of aggrieved travellers.

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Smartphone lost on QANTAS 'began hissing, emitting smoke and making orange glow'

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Re: Is it just me

That's bad time management on the travellers part. And a rubbish excuse anyway, are you trying to claim nobody has ever fallen asleep on the rest of the plane?

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User couldn't open documents or turn on PC, still asked for reference as IT expert

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Re: Is it on?

Same thing with the head of IT at a local school. Thing is, when teaching effectively is just reading the GCSE teachers book out aloud, all you need to be able to do is get the kids to follow simple instructions and type stuff. Usually in Word. There's no actual IT going on and she hadn't actually taken IT at uni. It's not her fault she got the job but I just can't see why she applied or was appointed.

I got a fairly angry call to come see why her PC wasn't working first thing one Friday morning, probably before her coffee, so asking her was it plugged in and switched on was definitely not what she wanted me to say.

"Of course it is, do you think I'm stupid?"

So there's some question you never answer honestly, right?

So off I go, when I got there and "fixed" it, she was in the room and asked me what I'd done, I pointed out I'd just plugged it in at the mains. At which point she blamed the cleaner for unplugging it.

Really gotta hope she had coffee before "teaching" the kids later.

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Elon Musk: I'm gonna turn Mars into a $10bn death-dealing interplanetary gas station

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about being mad

So we have pioneering explorers who set out to climb Everest or find America (not that it was lost) and some died at sea and we don't know anything about them but some found.. stuff and lived. So those are the odds we're comparing here, just so I'm clear? The commentators here who want to go to Mars think going there is like finding America (still wasn't lost) which is on Earth which we already live in and can breathe the air on and walk around in and build stuff with stuff we find lying around.That's like going to Mars?

I don't think so.

And those who think that going would be heroic.. no you'd be like those people who died on the way to America who we don't know about. Except with the added bonus of Martian atmosphere, space travel, radiation poisoning and everything else.

I'd love there to be a visitable colony on another planet. And sure, start with Mars if you must with the better goal of finding Earth 2. Which begs the question why land at all? Why not take the Battlestar Galactica approach and build ships we can live on rather than colonising a completely inhospitable planet? I'd sign up for space station duty before Mars duty.

There was also a comment about curiosity being mankinds second greatest blessing. How far did that get Curie? It would imho be more sensible to send prison inmates to mars and see what happens. If they survive we can just humanely dispose of them later and then take over. Why send the scientists first? We still need those guys.Curiosity needs blending with various other human characteristics before it's safe to act on.

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UK Science Museum will reconsider its 'sexist' brain quiz

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http://explosm.net/comics/95/

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Facepalm

Surely the point is that the "fun game" is just stupid. Stupid doesn't really belong in something purporting to be a museum of science. If they actually wanted to know what colour your brain was in a educational scientific setting then a tour guide trained in trepanning should be provided. The education starts with the fact that trepanning is the oldest known surgical procedure. After that a simple torch in the hole and compare to a standard colour chart and bob's your uncle.

A warning should also be added if an air of tongue-in-cheekness is required, "may release demons" as this seems to have been a common usage of this procedure. I say tongue-in-cheek as everyone knows demons don't live in the brain, they prefer the stomach.

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The Internet of Things isn't just for Bluetooth toothbrushes, y'know

lukewarmdog

I hooked up a bunch of cans of grapefruit flavoured pop that my mate loves and now he has an Internet of Tings

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UK oversight body tipped to examine phone snooping tech in prisons

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Those aren't the accounts I hear of, all the ones I hear of are where the phone is used to manage the drug trade. If they could solve the drug problem, there'd be a lot less need for prisons.

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Holmes

"If you're in the wrong place at the wrong time, anyone's mobile phone, email and text communications can be intercepted.”

They're in prison.. they are already all those things..

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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My local online newspaper has started putting up a massive footer to tell me I'm browsing them from behind an ad-blocker.

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/

"Did you know that advertising supports local journalism and promotes local businesses? Find out how to turn off your ad blocker."

Me not clicking on adverts supports local journalism? Pretty sure the first law of thermodynamics paraphrases to "you can't make something from nothing".

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Evernote dumps its own bit barn, boards Google's cloud

lukewarmdog

I'd be surprised if anyone thinks this is a good idea, "we're storing your data in Google" sounds like you've been assimilated into a Borg collective.

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French hackers selling hidden .22 calibre pen guns on secret forums

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Selling things on the Internet isn't hacking, otherwise everyone on ebay, amazon etc is in big big trouble.

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Gutted: 6.6M cleartext creds, dox, breached in ClixSense site hack

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"It has taught us that regardless of what you do to stay secure, it still may not be enough."

An old server they weren't using still attached to the database?

Nobody thought to unplug it?

I'd suggest they weren't doing anything to "stay" secure which is definitely nowhere near enough..

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Israeli Pentagon DDoSers explain their work, get busted by FBI

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I love that they are identified as "masterminds" at the start of Kreb's article.

Clearly anything but..

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