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Top ten biz software vendors reveal Heartbleed exposure

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Strange Article

Perhaps issued in a rush (and understandably so!), this article is not of the usual quality found here - full of typos and Citrix is mentioned twice as being in trouble when the linked article says only one of the nine products are affected. The affected product needs sorting, sure, but it's not as bad as the article makes out...

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Furious MyCloud users descend on WD website as borkage continues

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The cloud...

It just works!

Seriously though, I like the part about "your data is still available at your home or your office" - that's very generous of them, but it worries me that people may start to think of local access as being a feature of "The Cloud".

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Is this photo PROOF a Windows 7 Start Menu is coming back?

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Re: Still doesn't look as usable

How on earth does this idiotic post garner 8 upvotes? Are people so quick to hate that they'll agree with any old nonsense?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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I think you mean no "u" :-)

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The Mac at 30: Hardware and software wars – again and again and ...

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Wikipedia?

Much as I hate to belittle a frankly excellent series of articles, was that a link to a... a Wikipedia article I saw??? That must have hurt :-)

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IT MELTDOWN ruins Cyber Monday for RBS, Natwest customers

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I hope this is OK, but I'm reposting "thesykes" fantastic comment on the original story. I think this is one of the best comments ever made on this forum and probably as equally appropriate here:

To me, there are two trains of thought that exist in management.

Train A goes something like: We employ 1,000 IT staff and, because of this, all our systems run smoothly.

Train B, however, goes: All our systems run smoothly, why do we need 1,000 IT staff?

Unfortunately, it's standing room only on Train B, whereas Train A has been cancelled due to lack of demand and a bus replacement service is now in operation.

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Google to web: SHUT YOUR MOUTH or Chrome 32 beta will do it for you

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Obligatory

http://xkcd.com/1280/

:)

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'Modern warming trend can't be found' in new climate study

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So much of the debate on this, including the article upon which we are commenting on takes the form:

Journo: "Hmm, some new science has appeared which contradicts my inviolable belief that something is/isn't happening to our climate" [delete as appropriate]. "I must immediately discover some other science that I can put all my faith in, so that I can be reassured that my position is safe".

This abuse of the scientific method in order to back up or deny a fervently held, almost religious, belief saddens me.

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Apple Time Capsule 2013: Next-gen wireless networking, anyone?

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Re: Seems like a straightforward appliance

Yes. A web browser. For browsing the web. Not for running applications. I know "browsers" have become considerably more advanced these days but I can't help thinking this is a double-edged sword - a sizeanle fraction of browser exploits are most probably due to this massive increase. Give me a lightweight client application any day of the week.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: BBC "Rise of the Continents"

Damn straight! The modern Horizon format makes me weep - a better example of style over substance it isn't possible to find.

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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Informative article, but gads! Did anyone actually proof-read it beforehand?

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Sun lets loose with THREE record eruptions in 24 hours

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Minimum?

I had thought that we were in the middle of a protracted solar minimum, with all the associated dire warnings about mini-Ice Ages etc... how come we're now heading for a maximum? I'm confuzzled.

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Microsoft: Subscription-only apps? Not for us, yet

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That twitter post

The thing is, for the longest time when people have purchased a "boxed product", they haven't actually purchased the product, but rather a license to use said product, so to claim that subscription plans are wrong because you never own the product is missing the point, because you never owned the product in the first place.

HOWEVER, the concept of paying the same amount of money over a period of time as purchasing the license outright, and then losing access to the software if one stops paying is certainly a step backwards.

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Google Now lands on iOS

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Re: Siri: What's it like to have competition in your backyard?

It's heading into winter in the promised land right now, you insensitive clod! :-)

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Winklevoss twins claim to have enormo $11m Bitcoin stash

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Free from human error eh?

http://siliconangle.com/blog/2011/08/01/third-largest-bitcoin-exchange-bitomat-lost-their-wallet-over-17000-bitcoins-missing/

That is just one of many stories about people losing access to their wallet.dat files through lack of backups, incompetence, or any other human failing...

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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WTF?

C'mon then, Mr Smartypants - why don't you enlighten us as to quite why he is so wrong?

If not, all you're doing is proving that criticising is far easier than educating...

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Voyager goes off a (helio) cliff

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Voyager - never was a spacecraft so aptly named.

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McAfee dumps signatures and proclaims an (almost) end to botnets

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Re: AV is a malicious Peril

Indeed, it is very entertaining reading his posts.

Mind you, I'm glad that I don't employ him (or contract his services for that matter), 18 Register comments today and counting...

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Review: Google Nexus 4

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Re: Wot, no score?

Thanks for the explanation, Tony. :-)

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Wot, no score?

Strange review this one - acomes across that the review has made up his mind that he wasn't going to like it, then filtered the review through that decision. Also, why no score?

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Latest exoplanet discovery is a virtual CLONE of Earth

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I hope it's been sysprepped.

Otherwise we're going to have all sorts of SSID issues if we ever meet up.

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

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Unhappy

Yawn

Please can we stop with this whole "spinning rust" thing? It's infecting Trevor Pott's articles too, and is a little bit too smug for my liking ("ooh, look at me - I know how things work"), not to mention completely incorrect - these days most magnetic medium on the platters of HDDs is a cobalt alloy, most definately not iron oxide...

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Hero Playmonaut lost at sea as SPEARS ditches in Channel

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Re: But did it fire?

Agreed - it would be good to know if the mission goal was reached or not.

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Adobe demands 7,000 years a day from humankind

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EULAs

I'd always thought that there was a little bit of give-and-take in all of these things. The software vendors just assume that your average Joe (and I include myself in this definition) will just tick the box, and your average Joe just assumes that he won't get taken to court should he fail to remove all copies of Flash from his mountain of backups once he's sold his old PC.

These agreements are mainly in place to stop massive abuses of software theft and copyright abuse, rather than impinge on what the other 99.9% of users are doing with their computers.

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

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Incredible

The most incredible thing about this, is that during the segments when he is cracking the eggs and drinking a beer, he just looks like a bloke cracking an egg and drinking a beer - the prosthesis is so well designed and (more importantly) operated that it disappears into the background and we can just concentrate on what the guy is doing, not how he is doing it.

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Curiosity rover hijacked by will.i.am to debut science song

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Re: The Beagle 2 Mars probe

Excellent mate! I love it :-)

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Microsoft pops preview of 'biggest, most ambitious' Office yet

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WTF?

No Graphics Driver

I've installed the preview and have used it for a couple of hours and the overwhelming feeling is one of being transported back to the times of Windows 95 and the terrible 16 colour icons and desktop that we used to be presented with when Windows didn't have a driver for the graphics card. I cannot understand for the life of me why they have chosen such a stripped back, bare look for the suite - and the bright white has started to give me eye strain.

They call this progress?

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Korean telly factory power cut costs Samsung $30,000+ per second

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Does this part of Samsung make the "Retina" displays for Apple's gear? If so, I would be surprised if they remain loss-making for long - would spinning them off not make them an attractive target for an acquisition by the big A? Could this be Samsung shooting themselves in the foot? Or have i got the wrong end of the stick?

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Red Bull races gamers for Grand Prix prize

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Re: Red Bull

I was just about to post the same thing! Definately a Torro-Rosso (and in last year's livery too, although that is explained by the requirement for F1 2011)

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HTC handsets hit by grip of death

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Sounds like the same thing that happened with the Galaxy Nexus

The "spinning out" issue sounds suspiciously like the issue that occured on the Galaxy Nexus (ICS) when it was first released - it hadn't been fully tested on the 2G 900MHz GSM networks and when switching from a 3G band to the 2G one, it went crazy, vibrating and becoming totally unresponsive so that the only thing that fixed it was a battery-pull. The problem was patched pretty quickly though...

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The more science you know, the less worried you are about climate

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Hmmm

Let's see:

"Trick-cyclist" count = 4

"soft scientist" count = 2

"soft-studies" count = 3

Lewis is like a small child who has discovered a new word, or someone who once got a laugh out of something he said and is trying to regain the acceptance that that laugh once gave him. Sad really.

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Smoke-belching flash drive self-destructs on command

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Lookout!

Gads, that computer is rather precariously balanced on the desk!

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Why GM slammed the brakes on its $10m Facebook ads

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Re: @SavageNation

Erm, you know, when typing you don't have to type the word "PERIOD"; the little punctuation guy directly after does that for you....

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Netgear Powerline Nano 500 Ethernet-over-mains adaptor

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Re: When?

Uh-oh - Someone didn't get the Powerline job they applied for, did they?

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Quitting your job? Here's how not to do it

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Re: I like the way these articles are getting less accusatory,

Agreed - It's almost like he realised that there was a better way to get his points across. Great article Dominic.

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Revealed: Google's SECRET London office

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Bloody brilliant!

An excellent Playmobil reconstruction chaps! What, with this and the excellent BOFH, the decent weather outside (in London anway) and the clocks going forward this weekend, it almost feels like the heady days of Summer are just around the corner :-)

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Tourists follow GPS, drive into sea

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Re: Punctuation

It's best to use the "submit corrections" link to point this sort if thing out.

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Oracle starts peddling Exalytics in-memory appliance

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Damn Larry, so close...

The Exalytics appliance has what Oracle CEO Larry Ellison called a "heuristic adaptive in-memory cache."

He could at least have snuck a "logical" after the second word...

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Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet

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Re: Typo

Hi Drew,

I did look for the "Send Corrections" link, but I don't think it is exposed on the mobile version of the site.

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bigphil9009

Typo

"...inside a quite room" should be "...inside a quiet room "

Seems to be typo day on The Reg this morning :-)

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Windows 7 squeezed into Android tablets

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US only at the moment

Looks like this is only available to our US cousins at the moment, maybe worth updating the article? (although I do note that you quote the price in US$)

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From server to end user: What's coming up for NFS?

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Server-Side Copy

Is this just a fancy new name for FXP?

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Fallen DRAMurai warrior Elpida files for bankruptcy protection

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shame

As an ex-NEC Semiconductors (scotland) employee I am saddened to hear this. Mind you, they did shaft an awful lot of people when they *ahem* mothballed the Livingston operation...

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Jabra Halo 2 Bluetooth headset

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Re: Re: Yay - decent stereo headset!

Hi, they look quite good! Do they have an onboard mic though? I can't see on in the pictures on the linked page...

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HP caught with SIX Windows 8 PC packages up its sleeve

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Technet

I've never understood why someone would pay $239 for Windows 7 Ultimate when for $199 they could buy _all_ of Microsoft's software from Technet? Yes, I know that strictly speaking the license is for "testing and development", but still, it's pretty good value...

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Drew's Cookie Jar - psst. want a forum upgrade

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Me too please!

Please can I be awarded these special powers too?

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Steelseries SRW-S1 PC gaming steering wheel

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Re: Re: No flightsim pilot would use this

Flight-simmers:Serious

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Microsoft probes IE8 dll AWOL hell

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Wow! That was brilliantly incomprehensible.

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T-Mobile's Full Monty speed 'capped at 1Mb/s'

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Sorry, ambiguous acronym alert!

I mean mobile Broadband rather than BlackBerry; sorry for the confusion...

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