* Posts by lukewarmdog

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

lukewarmdog

bank on it

If it can be broken, somebody will.

Admittedly you shouldn't make it easy for them.. but remember the days when your phone was just a phone? Not really sure why it had to become the single place you keep all your data any more than why your car keys didn't become the same thing.

I don't use my fingerprint on my phone to activate recognition so I can log onto my bank, touchID does log me in (most of the time) to the phone but then I go online and enter a ton of details. If you stole my fingerprint I'm not really sure what good it would do you in my case.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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won't someone think of the robots

Surely the boffin who makes the robots just needs to give them the relevant desires and they WILL want to get their nails done. If they don't have fingers, they will absolutely be jealous of the go faster stripes on their neighbors. Give them internet connectivity and they can compare robot tats with counterparts around the world, choose body mods from an online catalog and contact the people they put out of manual work to come paint those designs on them.

My auto-shop will happily give kickbacks to any boffin who implements this.

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It's incredibly easy to bump someone off online, and here's how to do it – infosec bod

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Not just illegal scams..

There's a whole bunch of people in America who don't want to be found, don't care about lack of genuine passport details and don't need no credit cards to pick up extra guns for their government-hating compounds. If they were also dead, they'd be completely off the radar. That would be worrying, I'd imagine, for the people paid to keep an eye on them.

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Carphone Warehouse coughs to MONSTER data breach – 2.4 MEELLION Brits at risk

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Sophisticated

Is there a graph somewhere I don't know about which shows how good an attack was versus how good the security on a site was?

Or a sliding scale maybe starting off with brute force on the left with 0 day attacks on the right?

I have no idea how they get actually measured. Is there not an el reg measuring tool? Like half an opm based purely on the numbers used and the probability of it being a nation state sponsored attack?

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Crackpot hackpots pop top of GasPots

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Re: Is the prison-industrial complex posting here?

If jail time makes execs think twice before they take that job they can't do, before they appoint someone else who can't do a job, before they stifle the changes required in a company due to ignorance, stupidity, unwillingness to do something.. then bring on the jail time.

I point to the mess at OPM as a prime example.

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Moronic Time cover sets back virtual reality another 12 months

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star wars kid..

Are we sure that isn't Ghyslain Raza?

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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

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foreign sounding name?

Seen this said a couple of times.

It's just a name. Computers can't hear how you say it and they can't identify from your typing what colour you are. This is very much a human failing.

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Obsolescence of food is complete: Soylent now comes in bottles

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Diet shake

So is the point of this not just because it's handy but also weight loss a la slimfast?

Two delicious shakes followed by actual food?

Guessing that's where they're aiming it at, rather than at the whey protein drinking bodybuilder crowd.

I can see it being useful in food shortage situations, especially the pre-watered variety for disaster hit areas.

I'm actually more confused having looked at their website than I was before I read it.

"Some people use it almost exclusively" - do they, really tho?

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Hacking Trump: Can we not label web vandalism as 'terrorism', please?

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Can't they claim..

It was just free penetration testing.

Incidentally that is what Clinton should have claimed.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

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Stick with what you know

If your reputation is based on reviewing computers you should probably not post jokes. Similarly i would protest in short form if Frankie Boyle posted a serious review of Windows 10.

There are plenty of keyboard / social justice warriors out there that will force you to apologise for what you've typed that you need to make sure what you wrote came from the "I don't give a crap" account and not the "my site has serious investors trying to make money off this" account.

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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graphics guy

Why is there a graphics guy and not a tiny camera taking pictures of the numbers or even better yet just reading data off the balls via nfc or magnets or whatever technology these people have. They must have more technology than relying on a guy to type in the numbers onto the TV..

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Watch leggy ROBOT INSECT WALK on WATER before JUMPING OFF

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Potential Uses

"perhaps unsurprisingly given the resultant microrobot's potential uses"

I am not seeing any potential uses here.

Giving passing sailors a very small fright isn't going to win the war unless they can suddenly shoot them with a very small concealed gun... oh wait.. do they have very small concealed weapons?

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Verizon splits with carrier-led bonking and invests in SimplyTapp

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unattended checkin

In Iceland the apartments we've stayed in for the last few years email you a login for the main door then your keys are just in a pigeon hole with your name / room number on it. Simpler times.

My worry is that once you've replaced all your (working perfectly well) cards with an app and you lose your phone, you lose not only all those cards at once but also your ability to phone anyone and report the loss..

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'Apple lures labels from free streams – and why is no one doing anything about it' shrieks group

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Trollface

@Doug

You're stupider than the ebook thing.

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4 new twists that push the hacker attack on millions of US govt workers into WTF land

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Self-improvement

Hacks in, changes salary, logs back out. Worked in Ferris Bueller..I'll just blame the other hackers if anyone notices.

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Joke no more: Comedy virty currency Dogecoin gets real in big Xmas heist

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Doge

Pronounced dodgy?

And being managed on reddit? I'd rather bank with 4chan

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

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not just the beasties but..

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/digital-and-mobile/5820090/beastie-boys-vs-goldieblox-new-countersuit-as-universal

Seems they have already pulled the BB add, privated a bunch of other ads they were hoping to use on YouTube.

I'm a bit surprised that a- they're trying to use YouTube to sell a product.. but b- that YouTube allowed the music. The last time I thought "I know, I'll put a bit of that behind this hastily thrown together powerpoint" it told me that EMI wouldn't let me, mere seconds later. Yet Goldieblox get a dozen videos on there containing other peoples content?

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Want to know if that hottie has HIV? Put their blood in the DVD player

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Joke

Cheap discs

Presumably they can just use old copies of Bon Jovi's Living on a Prayer

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Little spider makes big-spider-puppet CLONE of itself out of dirt

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Re: ummm

If the spider is ALREADY scary, why would it need to build a second scary spider to erm scare stuff off?

So maybe it is lonely and has made itself a friend, partner, parent figure

or the scary spider scares prey away from the model into the real spiders path

or maybe it's a form of self or species worship made in its own image

Or maybe its doing gangnam style. until we see it set to music we can't really say.

We make snowmen, maybe spiders make dirt spiders.

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His Holiness Benedict XVI to tweet to his Catholic flock

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Childcatcher

Go home

Well the penalty for getting it wrong was having your balls cut off.

Actually that would make the Catholic Church a much safer place for our children, we should test them all on their Latin.

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John McAfee rushed to hospital over heart attack fears

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Windows

Certainly

Mcafee : man my neighbour is annoying, wish he was dead

Passing Columbian drug seller : anything for our best customer

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'Build us a Death Star, President Obama' demand thousands

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Gimp

lukewarmdog

Well I signed. Sure I'm a non-American but there will be jobs for all. You can't rule space without a supply of Storm Troopers and I really, really, really want to wipe out Jar Jar Banks planet.

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Apple-HTC patent deal doesn't include designs, 'cloned' iDevices

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Childcatcher

If only

A judge would just tell them all to grow up, deny the opportunity to appeal and let the consumer decide which phone they actually want.

Love / hate of a brand is more powerful than design, patents, apps.

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Explosion of DANGEROUS IT GEAR injures and CRIPPLES MEDICS

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Coffee/keyboard

Tennis Elbow

"Doctors also complained of suffering from tennis elbow after carrying around a tablet computer."

Erm tennis elbow according to my quick glance at wiki is caused by elbow movement. Carrying something around would not cause this.

I'd also maybe point out that some kind of bag or satchel to put the (obviously extremely heavy) tablet in might help the (obviously extremely weak) doctors alleviate this condition.

Did Alan Hedge hurt himself in any way during the creation of this report?

New ergonomic keyboard icon. Obviously.

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Apple share dive scuppers trader's alleged get-rich-quick fraud scam

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Childcatcher

Double Standards

Totally agree. I have an intense dislike for shorting and given the nature of the gamble I feel that anyone involved should be locked up irrespective of the outcome.

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Internet shut-down easier, in more countries, than you think

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Blowing stuff up

Personally I'd leave all the hardware in place, who knows when your dictatorship might actually win its battle and need the Internet to announce this. A few well placed people pulling plugs at APNIC et al would conceal what was going on quite easily.

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

lukewarmdog
Childcatcher

Population Expansion

Wonder if they'll move from the one child policy to an enforced ten child policy to allow them to colonise everywhere first.

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McFlurry McMisdemeanour costs Welsh lass McJob

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FAIL

Mounsey

“You may feel that it is trivial, but with 740 employees in my business then if my management team were just to overlook such incidents then quickly it would become a free for all."

So, all of the employees are criminals and the only way to keep them in check is to scapegoat the odd one, now and then? Classism, racism, stereotyping, work place bullying.. won't somebody think about the children?

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Event Horizon Telescope spots source of black hole jets

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Coat

black hole engineer

I believe someone from British Gas phoned ahead to fix it but they wont hear back about whether anyone is in for quite some time..

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Tibetan STATUE found by 1930s NAZI expedition is of ALIEN ORIGIN

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Coat

When in roam

Was he using Apple Maps to locate Aryanism?

Also I see no proof it was carved from a meteorite and didn't just arrive on our planet this way, looks to me like it was just about to get its coat.

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Oz gov cyber-safety unit loses punters' info IN THE POST

lukewarmdog
Childcatcher

still not big

Look it's not like the Government buildings are situated on opposite galactic arms or that there's some incredibly dense, incredibly hot thing between the guy who has the data and the guy who wants the data. We're not talking about dog and pony operations here. Someone somewhere made the decision to mail - and promptly lose - all that data when they could have cosied up over drinks and nibbles somewhere posh and handed it over.

I had a quick look where both contractors are based. I accept that Australia is large but the contractors are actually relatively close together geographically which makes the actual size of Australia a moot point. Google Maps suggests 1700 - 1800 km between Melbourne (Ladoo) and Brisbane (AUSCert). That isn't so impossibly huge to imagine.20 hours if you like driving or 2 if you get a plane, $90 for an economy ticket.

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lukewarmdog

wozzer

Australia isn't all that big and chances are the contractors are located in the same physical neighbourhood as the government offices. So why would you copy user data to a DVD and put it in the post? You couldn't arrange to meet somewhere for a posh lunch and hand it over? You are a multi-million dollar company but you spent every last penny and couldn't phone a courier? Now it just seems like you were smarter not sigining up.

I'd say the evolutionary end of the digital native will be the person who didn't sign up for Facebook, doesn't use their real name on Twitter and 100% does NOT sign up for anything called "Stay Smart"..

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Lowery: The blue-collar musician at the eye of the copyright storm

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Stop

who?

I once worked in the industry therefore I am immensely qualified to comment on it.

.. not really.. No idea who Lowery is but he has such a vested interest in music making him money that the whole article is pointless. Is he secretly Fergal Sharkey?

There are lots of issues with bands making money, maybe if you're not doing as well as you wanted you should figure out if that's because you're a bit shit and maybe sell your soul to the Kylie-sampled discobeat that will make you oodles of cash.

And for the record I've seen many bands that toured to make money. Senseless Things, Mega City 4, PWEI, Stuffies. The trick is not to have hundreds of techies sucking out all the profits from any given show. And have your own van. Turn up, play, get paid. With the corporate branding of venues of course this may change, in which case the megacorps are the nemesis of "real bands", not downloaders.

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Amazon buys 4-person 3D mapping startup, claims report

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Stop

Shopping

Unless it's a UFO-sized and shaped mall, you should not be tracked whilst perusing items as diverse as flowers for the wife, flowers for the secret girlfriend, childrens clothes for your kids, adult diapers for when you work away. And you really don't want your phone to tell your wife that your mistresseses inflatable dungeon in a box kit is available from the adult shop just down the hall.

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Full Tilt Poker boss arrested over $430m 'Ponzi scheme'

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Card Counting

You know, if you can count that many cards, in your head, then good luck to you, it certainly isn't "cheating", it's math. Unless you have secret microswitches in your shoes or something. May have watched too many CSI's.

I wouldn't gamble online, as opposed to going to a casino or racetrack or bookmakers simply because I do not believe that they don't have an extra house protection layer built into them. A good croupier can put the ball on a roulette wheel into a given quadrant, the computer.. can pick every number not gambled on all night.

As for defrauding gamblers, well isn't that the definition of gambling?

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Net publishing happens in the server AND the eyeball, says EU Bot

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Alert

What is needed

Well if the idea is to make each router responsible for what passes through it, on the basis that it is publishing rather than just transmitting on, then content will need to include permission and rules for its retransmission. That's going to be a nightmare for content uploaders.

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One court order could gag EVERY ISP in Denmark

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Boffin

Freeturd Supporters Rally

Nobody wants to hurt the small software companies or local musicians so, in order to protect them, if we all pledge to <only> watch, listen, read, play and use content from the big providers then the argument becomes moot. Unknown album by never heard of artist that refuses to be allowed to be pigeonholed? Don't download it. Problem solved.

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UK High Court split over Twitter airport bomb joke

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Alert

why didn't they take it seriously?

We all know they didn't, and are glad because it wasn't, after all, a real bomb threat. However.. who's call was that? Did they lookup his twitter name, find out his real name, punch it in to get his passport details and find out he was just a white, middle class guy with Christian down as his religion? Cos that's racial profiling.

Or did they just think "you know what, anyone who makes a comment like that publicly doesn't carry it out"

Or is it policy that if it doesn't come to the secret desk, via the secret phone and using the secret identifying phrase, they aren't allowed to take it seriously?

"bomb threat!"

"where?"

"twitter"

"oh nm then"

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Canary Islands host long-distance quantum teleportation

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Thumb Up

Lottery

My quantum lottery card is purchased, I will be checking my numbers to make them win come weekend.

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James May 'hologram' raves about old tech at Science Museum

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Missed opportunity

To do a Banksy and put a printed copy of The Register amongst the exhibits.

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Standing NEXT to an HTML coder is like standing NEXT TO GOD

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Thumb Up

fantastic

A fantastic Reg article with the appropriate amount of fantastic Reg Readers Responses.

Big digital thumbs up.

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Female Chinese astronauts must have no scars, straight teeth

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all wrong

The women are married with a child, that makes them milfs. It also ensures that any impropriety aboard the peoples republic of outer space transport device will not be reported for fear of shame. What happens in the peoples republic of space, stays in the peoples republic of space. Plus they will make excellent villain spies if James Bond ever joins the ISS crew.

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Cameron's attempt to cram a robot arm wearing a Rolex into his pristine bottom

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Holmes

Sunken treasure

But, just think of all the still working watches our future generations will be able to retrieve from the depths thanks to these advancements. These may well go on to become the future time pieces of choice for a generation of poseur space explorers.

For the more budget conscious, the same effect can be achieved by filling a submarine full of watches for future generations to find.

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Hackers spunk 'pcAnywhere source' after negotiation breakdown

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FAIL

The point

Unsure what the point of this is. Symantec were forced to admit they were hacked and hadn't realised it so +1 for hacking skills. Symantec were blackmailed and brought in the feds. -1 for extortion. Software posted up on mirrors so it couldn't be taken down.. proving the Internet needs the kind of control SOPA/PIPA advocate and the opposite of what we should all be aiming for.

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Virgin Media takes itself in hand after punter-package tickle whoopsie

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Gimp

I like Virgin Media

Ever since I took an arrow to the knee and had to spend more time at home, Virgin has been good to me.

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Cops bust den of text-spam spewers

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FAIL

Hmm

Were they really the two best examples?

I find it hard to summon any kind of empathy or sympathy for either of those people.

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Faster-than-light back with surprising CERN discovery

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FAIL

broadband

Don't let BT hear about firing broadband through rock, it would be the ideal traffic shaping. Downloaded too many torrents this month? Granite for you! Been relatively good? Switch to limestone.

The worst thing about bad reporting on science is how smug all the headlines look. Einstein wrong in 6 inch letters? Must be true then. Off to read the Daily Fail to see how they explain it to the common people.

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Shock! Facebook cycle-slut smutvid is adware front

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Badgers

@Ashley Adams

"Facebook really is disgusting"

/signed

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Security guard admits he hacked hospital PCs

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Badgers

NOBODY DIED

He doesn't appear to be being prosecuted for attempted manslaughter or any other made up charge. Thought police do not exist yet.

"two felony counts of transmitting a malicious code"

For which 20 years seems a bit high. Didn't a mobile phone seller release a batch with a virus recently?

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Adobe tilts at windmills with image apps for iPad

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Badgers

Tip for the day

Problem is you ask Apple and they say yes and then change their mind and pull your app.

As for anti-trust, Apple are going to get done at some point. It's America.

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