* Posts by Pat 11

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

Pat 11

I call BS

What proportion of those "hacked" (ie cracked) apps do anything malicious, and what proportion have just had their licensing removed for piracy?

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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You've missed the point

"...most of the tech industry likes cables. They mean you can charge and transfer data at the same time."

Actually cables mean you can charge and do everything at the same time. I don't want to run out of charge (happens a lot still with smartphones) and have to stop using the device because it's going for a lie down on its special electric cushion. Wireless charging will be more useful when it happens inside a reasonably large volume, not just on a small plane.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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bloody dopamine

The use of neurobiological terms to make psychology research sound more sciencey is thought to be driven by the rewarding feeling generated by publicity, leading to promotion and reinforcing the bollocks cycle.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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should have waited

Ipod: others pioneered it, Apple got a designer to make a nice one.

IPhone: Microsoft made some that were a bit meh, Apple got their designer to make a nice one.

Ipad: see above.

Iwatch: oh no! They've gone too early. Nobody wants one.

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Microsoft tells judge: Hold us in contempt of court, we're NOT giving user emails to US govt

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Re: they will lose customers if they fold

Yeah, sorry, I just meant their email and online docs. I disagree that MS has moved ahead, but it's more a matter of preference I think. The fact is my institution were swayed by the assurances of security, and I'm guessing a lot of others were too. If your business is new knowledge, you want to be able to keep your email away from foreign governments.

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they will lose customers if they fold

MS captured the UK HE sector by promising that their Ireland data centre was immune to the Patriot Act. Google couldn't make such assurances so despite a better cloud offering at the time, lost a lot of business. I imagine the same applies in other industries.

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Piketty thinks the 1% should cough up 80%. Discuss

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Thanks

I hadn't realised Picketty was just talking about single developed nations. I thought it was about global inequality.

Your argument doesn't mention the unwillingness of the wealthiest to contribute to the welfare state, the efforts of some of them to remove it. Seems a weird omission.

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Moto E pops up with £89 price tag – alongside new LTE Moto G cuz

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benchmark

Thanks for putting them through Sunspider. My old Onex, a flagship from 2012 scores 1.1, not much quicker than the Moto G. I can't remember a faster pace of development in IT, that's top end to commodity in about 18m.

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NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

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And yet he seemed so nice

"No one who uses a public service should be allowed to opt out of sharing their records. Nor can people rely on their record being anonymised."

Why Tim? I pay for those services, why should I not expect whatever the fvck I want to expect?

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Define "infringer"

Is it:

someone who downloads stuff

someone who uploads stuff

someone who torrents stuff

someone who stream stuff

?

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Facebook Oculus VR buyout: IT WANTS your EYEBALLS

Pat 11

Oh wow, is VR about to happen again?

Let's hope it goes better than the previous times it was about to happen.

Actually, I work with VR a bit, and really, a few minutes at a time is enough. If it was social I can't see it being any more compelling than video telephony. I guess wankers will like it.

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Why does the data need to be identifiable anyway?

There are a lot of benefits to aggregating all this data. Real, life-saving benefits. But I think those benefits would still exist without precise identifiable data. Why not upload age brackets and first part of post code, and create unique keys which never leave the GP practice to tie it all together downstream? I think if they don't want to do that, it's pretty strong evidence that individual health records are valuable to insurers and the intention is to sell them.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Why does anything identifiable need to leave the GP?

Has anyone explained why they need to put anything more detailed than age, gender and first part of postcode into the centralized database? With a unique key generated and held by the GP systems.

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The TRUTH about LEAKY, STALKING, SPYING smartphone applications

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Android is leaky by design

Android is made by Google to harvest rich data on the user so of course it is very leaky. Their approach of getting users to approve permissions for apps on installation is broken, only the most extreme control nut bothers to check everything and anyway it's a choice between give these permissions or don't install the app. Most just install, Google know this. And of course their own preinstalled apps never even throw up the question.

A good demonstration of how easy it would be to make a more secure system is illustrated by Cyanogenmod, which allows you to turn on their Privacy Guard by default, and sends dummy data to any app that requests it. But there's no motivation for Google to produce a locked down Android.

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Behold the world's first full-colour 3D printer

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Missing the point

When you're making useful things you need sophisticated materials science. I don't care what colour my bike helmet is, I want it to be as strong as possible while also being light.

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Facebook gets a 'trending topics' box (just what its cluttered pages need)

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what's trending is...

Teens leaving in droves. Soon fb will be entirely populated by people who work in hr.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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couldn't the SPs block by location?

Surely the operators can block on location using cell triangulation. Screw's phones could be white listed.

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DEATH-PROOF your old XP netbook: 5 OSes to bring it back to life

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Battery + SSD?

It would fly with a SSD in it. Battery off ebay? Shame to landfill useable kit.

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MPs blast 'alarmingly weak' management of one-dole-to-rule-them-all

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competence bias

IDS. A classic Dunning Kruger.

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Digital 'activists' scramble to build Silk Road 2.0, but drug kingpins are spooked

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DPR as hero?

I imagine a lot of the SR customer base is slightly biased towards a view that the assassination charge is invented to discredit him. If convincing evidence came out though, would he still be held up as some kind of libertarian hero? Is bumping off your enemies all just fine, and actually another freedom that the darned gubmint is stopping people enjoying?

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New digital curriculum draft softens CompSci emphasis

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similar story in uk

I was talking to an IT teacher the other day. They are not at all ready to teach programming. Scratch for year 9 is an aspiration. When I asked what other languages they planned to teach, she started asking if I'd like to come and talk to them. She didn't seem to have heard of Python even.

I suspect school IT has been a bit of a soft option all round, learning to use what are essentially consumer products.

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Verizon, Experian and pals bag £25m to inspect Brits' identities for UK gov

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Re: Before you slag them all off..

Because I've met Will Heath and talked to him about it, and I'm a reasonable judge of character. I think he's well-motivated. I'd certainly rather trust him than Experian, G, Fb etc.

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Before you slag them all off..

MyDex are all about helping people to own and be gatekeepers to their personal data. Most Reg readers would like Mydex.

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Chromecast: You'll pop me in for HOT STREAMS of JOY, hopes Google

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practicalities

Can this pick up any video steam that Chrome is playing, or just ones that have a specially written chrome app?

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Psssst: If you wanna be rich, make the next privacy Robocop app

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Re: Detailed Control of Smartphone app permissions is seriously needed

Predictably, someone (me) is going to say custom ROM's are blazing a trail here.

Cyanogenmod has granular permission toggles, but even better the recent builds have Privacy Guard, which enables spoof empty contact , calls and message databases that can be enabled for individual apps, and set as default for new apps.

Obviously not everyone can have this, most are tied to the OS the phone came with.

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

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Re: @ Daniel B. - Nice.

I deffo wouldn't steal a car. But if I could get my computer to make a perfect copy of one, I reckon I would.

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So, who ought to be the next Doctor Who? It's up to YOU...

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Bad SciFi

Why is Ben Goldacre not on the list

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Eric Schmidt: 'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

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WTF?

Free Services

"As for the value of Google to the British economy, Schmidt pointed out that the company's "free" services were widely used by UK citizens."

And we would like to point out that the protection of the emergency services for their offices, the schools that educated many of their UK employees, the roads, the civil structures within which they operate are what we call a civilized society, and the price of that is you pay your effin taxes. Not treat financial transactions made of money as though they were bits of data to be optimized. Google, you owe us some schools and hospitals.

Also, we know what the exchange is for the services - they get to profile us for advertising. I missed the logical step where he explained why that has anything to do with not paying tax.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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Pirate

hax

The only interesting thing here is the gauntlet thrown down to the pir^d^d^d homebrew community. How long before it's hacked, who by and how?

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What freetard are you: Justified, transgressor or just honest?

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Re: So if great infringement is done by a tiny number infringers...

It's not quite that straightforward:

"3.2 per cent of the over-12 internet-connected population, who are responsible for 88 per cent of infringements."

this tells us nothing about what proportion of copies of a given title are pirated, or what % of the population do actually buy stuff. that 3.2% might be half the users of content or it might be a tiny proportion.

Still, it does suggest that it might not be worth chasing.

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Google Glass eye-cam to turn us all into right little winkers

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Seriously? People think this is all going to be OK?

This is covert filming without consent. How long before some bright spark does version that automatically starts taking pictures when <your image recognition preference > is in the frame?

I predict violence.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Re: Interesting choice of House...

Whatever next, David Cameron encouraging good Tories to remember the values and ethos of Slitherin House?

Oh, he does that already.

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Are you in charge of a lot of biz computers? Got Java on them?

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Multiple computers, multiple users, multiple browsers, what an arse

Just disabling it on the browsers of one home pc has taken me 15 mins.

[Iron, Firefox and IE] * [5 home users] * [4 home PCs] is going to take forever. Bloody Minecraft, if it wasn't for that I would just delete Java altogether.

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Mobile location data identifies individuals

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Re: location markers

They didn't know that someone was in a private home. They knew which cell towers they had connected to. The point is that the cell usage pattern is fairly unique, and if you also have a database of information about people including some locations, like their address, you can use the cell tower logs to match to an individual. I agree that this is intuitively obvious, but unless people actually, y'know, do the science, you never know which bits of obviousness are actually true.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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Leaving Google didn't hurt. Who knew?

Moved my subs to netvibes. No pain whatsoever. Which makes me think maybe I could ditch Gmail. And Google search. And Google Shopping.

Feels a bit like that moment when Microsoft introduced Vista and people started loving Apple.

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Where to go then?

Would never knowingly buy a Sky product.

Where to go then? I see you can get Plusnet Unlimited 16Mb for £5 a month and £10.50/m line rental (12m), reverting to £10 after a year. Are they OK? It's a lot less than I pay for BT and Be as it happens.

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Dotcom's Mega smacks back: Our crypto's not crap

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Could it genuinely not be for file sharing?

Lots of people want to assume the worst of them, but how would a pirate share files through Mega? They'd have to give away the password to the storage account.

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PR people 'put duty to the public ahead of employers' interests'

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onion

You sure the source wasn't The Onion?

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Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last

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How do people find time for all the admin?

Does anyone really keep their profile accurate and up to date, and manage all those privacy settings? It sounds like boring admin to me.

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London Blitz bomb web map a hit-and-miss affair

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Stoke Newington

Some detail on bomb damage in N16 here:

http://www.locallocalhistory.co.uk/gsn/page58.htm

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Brit physics student debuts zombie flick shot inside LHC

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Re: interesting

"A high achieving group of physics PhD students have probably not spent much time developing any acting skills they may have."

No, but by the time they make Professor they will have honed them to perfection.

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Microsoft Security Essentials loses AV-TEST certification

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what's the best alternative

I'm looking for free and low resource hit.

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Minecraft coming to Raspberry Pi in hackable edition

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Server?

This is great, Minecraft is the perfect platform for engrossing kids in computing.

What would be awesome is a Pi port of the server. Currently you have to pay off you want a persistent server, it would be great to have a Pi running one off the home router.

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Alienware assimilates Dell FROM THE INSIDE!

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not just for having

Silly cases notwithstanding, we always buy gaming hardware for our neuroscience / VR work. Price : performance ratio is generally twice as nice, and we have never experienced any reliability problems.

Have to say though, the last Alienware desktop must have had lead block heatsinks, it took two people to lift the thing.

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'No cutting off people's internet based on secret evidence'

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tru dat

I was just thinking the same thing. I doubt we'll see any disconnections in shared households.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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Your city is a trap

If anyone wants to enjoy worrying about what happens to a big city when the power goes off, James Burke nailed it in Connections. Scared the pants off me as a teenager, still does.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcSxL8GUn-g

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Beached whale on Suffolk coast - Reader snap

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Anyone remember...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exploding_whale

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TalkTalk's YouView box gets Ab Fab reception

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FAIL

That gag

is as funny today as it was in my Latin textbook, c1978.

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Manchester is 'PIRATE CAPITAL of the UK'

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monetising

They should flood BT with genuine mp3's containing brief ads in the middle. And name them things like Ed_-_Sheeran_-_Dull_-_Ballad_-_Clean_copy_noads.MP3

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Wales: We'll encrypt Wikipedia if reborn gov net-snoop plan goes live

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Re: content v traffic

That's not what the bill proposes, it's very clear that only the identity of end points would be logged. If you think more will be logged than legally required then presumably you think they already do that.

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