* Posts by Hans 1

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Boffins unveil open source GPU

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Slowly ousting proprietary junk out of this world, one chip at a time ...

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Motorola monsters Apple's swipe-to-unlock patent in German court

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Re: Great...

>>Won't someone think of the poor Lawyers

>I am, whilst stroking my cat..

How lucky, you live near the beach then ?

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Re: Some do exist...

>The ones that exist are already identified and relate to filesystems and their ability to handle deprecated stuff from microsoft.

Prior art, just because MS used the BACKSLASH as a path separator when everybody else (slight exaggeration) used it as an escape character does not make a patent. Long file names existed way before MS came up with their poor mid(%filename%,0,6)&"~<n>" excuse ... just because they had not yet thought of the ^ as an escape character, or had they ... DOS experts ?

The only patentable feature of FAT is the name itself ...

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Great, could the court now invalidate EACH and EVERY patent in Europe that Microsoft pushes forward in the Android extortion scheme, thanks.

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Re: Nice Pi case in the picture

Already received it, got a microSD prepared and hooked it up, 15 minute job ... much less actually, but I do not like sitting by the computer while the computer is writing the image to the sd card, so I had a glass of rose wine on the balcony.

It is way faster, still not "quite" desktop grade, downloading libreoffice as we speak, giving that a test.

Oh, and my ISP's router understands torrent, so I am torrenting raspian wheezy (tbh, I cap the speed at day time, but every little thing helps, if only we all could do that).

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Re: Nice Pi case in the picture

>http://www.amazon.co.uk/Raspberry-Pi-Official-Model-White/dp/B010180JSS/

THANKS, no really, THANKS ... now I just ordered a new Pi 2 with that case (better to have the latest pi to go with it) ... what can I tell the missus this time ... [be creative, be creative, be creaaaaaaaaative ...hm]

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Made My Day

If only the kids in my household could be interested ... I have a pi next to me ... nope, nothing ... it does not do minecraft well enough .... They are impressed by the size of it, though ...

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Facebook profiles? They're not 'personal data' Mr Putin

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Not "personal data" it is Zuck's data

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The most tragic thing about the Ashley Madison hack? It was really 1% actual women

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Obligatory reference

Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV

And you think you're so clever and classless and free

But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see

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'The Internet of Things is like the Cloud 8 years ago' ... Boss of Dell's new IoT biz spills beans

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Is the raspberry pi 2 not both faster and more power efficient than this thing ? I would think so, then again, 1.6Ghz Celeron without specifics .... Ok, the pi has less RAM, but who needs 4Gb RAM for IoT ?

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French woman gets €800 a month for electromagnetic-field 'disability'

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I know of people who get head aches when they forget to put their mobile in airplane mode before they go to bed ... not sure why, they spend all day with the bloody thing in their pocket, but hey ...

Besides, el'Reg seems to toss all frequencies together, however, this woman might be sensitive to specific frequencies.

I know a telco engineer who maintains antenna's for one of France's leading mobile telco's , the guy has kids and is now sterile, all members of his team are, too, according to what he says.

Now, the question is of course, do sterile men have a natural talent for antenna maintenance ? Are they his kids ? I never dared ask his wife ... ;-) But it certainly was weird to hear that his fertility (or lack thereof) was not an exception in his team, but the rule ...

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Oh no Wikiwon't: Russians plan own version of 'distorted' Wikiland

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Well, don't be too hard on the Russkies, La France, or more specifically, the DCRI attempted to have an article on wikipedia deleted, so they got the head of wikipedia France, some daft volunteer, actually, out of his cave and into custody - they forced him to "delete" an article on wikipedia ... although the poor bugger tried to explain why that was futile, he finally complied after hours of torture^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hinterrogation ... the site was restored by a Swiss, seconds later, and the poor bugger was freed. Site in question is about a radar station in France:

Station hertzienne militaire de Pierre-sur-Haute

Of course, this event caused a Streisand effect ...

Note that this is my homepage on one of my boxes... ;-)

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Britain’s device-theft capital is now … lovely Leicestershire

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>Combined data from the Metropolitan and City of London police forces showed that thefts of electronic devices had fallen 37 per cent from the number reported last year to the Metropolitan Police alone.

>Nationwide, there was a 34 per cent fall. This coincided with a drop in the number of thefts in total, which fell by 20 per cent in London and 24 per cent nationwide.

Maybe it is just the devices that are getting boring, same shit as last year, not worth an upgrade, so no demand, no theft ?

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C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers

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Why is days of outage astonishing for an outfit like C4L and totally normal for another, like Azure ... someone care to explain ?

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Devs are SHEEP. Which is good when the leader writes secure code

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Re: ROFL

The downvoters are in denial, they still think they are the best developers on the planet, regardless of what you write, because they can open VisualStudio, copy-paste-edit and their shite "compiles" and when run, displays a .... clock ... that ticks away.

Yes, they have a natural talent to handle sponges and buckets, but that will not deter them, they sincerely believe they are the greatest of the greatest developers.

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

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>I have long regarded Windows 7 Professional x64 as the best Desktop Operating system that Microsoft ever managed to come out with.

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Re: Whose PC again?

Go to the police and report it.

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Re: For blank-reg

Well, turns out I HAD TO use tar and make yesterday ... had to build the native lib for tomcat's APR connector ...

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Re: For blank-reg

Cavemen also use tar & make

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>Of course the new agreement does not mean that Microsoft is going to block peripherals left, right and centre in the near future, but it has left the door open to do so.

They are, my webcam ceased working since Windows Vista, for lack of drivers. Thank Linus I have Linux. The webcam in question was a cheap Chinese piece of sh!t I got as a present ...

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Windows 10 market share growth slows to just ten per cent

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Recent Joys with Windows 8.1 and 10

My son in law just got himself an Alienware laptop with, among other things, an 250Gb SSD and 1Tb hdd. He plugs the piece of crap in and, to his surprise, no 1Tb hard drive. He tells me and since I was working at the time, I told him to call Dell. Two days later, I thought it was all fixed etc ... Dell sends him a USB stick, not sure what for ... I mean, either the disk is there and broken, or they forgot it ... in either case, he needs to send the laptop back ...

It turns out, he installed Windows 10, but Dell support INSISTED he go back to Windows 8.1 ... I guess Windows 10 cannot detect hard drives on its own ... anyway, Windows 8.1 could not detect the hard drive either ... Apparently, the Dell guy took over his PC, did a lot of kung fu here and there .... no disk ... I take over, the BIOS detected and tested the disk, it was OK. In "Disk Management" there was only the SSD. In device management, I could see the drive, drivers were ok ... I go to Volumes (right-click -> Properties -> Volumes), click "populate" and the drive appears with volumes, problem fixed.

Next problem, the audio jack. Plug in your headphones, the driver insists on using the speakers. Turns out you had to uninstall the driver that shipped with the piece of crap and use the standard windows drivers ... except when you want to use the speakers and not the headset ...

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

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Re: SD Storage question

>"There are big changes on this front coming in the next version of Android, Marshmallow, which will make SD storage transparent . . ."

Don't be silly, read this one before ... I complained about the very same thing some years ago on here and I was promised that it was going to be fixed in ... KitKat.

@ Richard Wharram

You can download the SDK and perform some KungFu on the device, it usually works much better with noname devices. Sony are BASTAAAAAAARDS and will prevent you from using the SD card for apps, their rootkit (?) overrules the KungFu.

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HP is getting so good now at negative growth, it should patent it

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Re: Vintage HP

> Nope, the Laserjet III - the buggers just kept on working, at a reasonable operating cost and adequate quality for most b&w printing requirements.

Here we have the father of built-in obsolescence at HP, now, for your info, that has now caused their downfall, yes, AC, it is ALL YOUR FAULT!

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Re: Itanium?

HP is like Microsoft, they've lost the plot. They are big and will take time to die, but just like IE, when they start diving, they plummet.

Layoffs, price hikes across the board, now HP are not as desperate as MS, they are not giving away crown jewels just yet, but that will happen soon, too ... expect $0 printers, soon, betting on cartridge sales to make up for the loss (ala Office360, Windows Server 2003 upgrades, Windows 10) ... LOL

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> HP is getting so good now at negative growth, it should patent it

Thanks, made my day!

Now where is MattBryant when you need him?

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Microsoft turns on Windows 10 file backup to Azure

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> promises of 99.9 per cent uptime

Azure has not yet reached that uptime, since it goes TITSUP every year for a couple of days when the certificates expire. Then you factor in their update cockups ... as reported here ...

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Leaked images claim to show BlackBerry's first Android phone

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Re: This looks like something I'd buy

>I do hope this makes BB relevant again.

When did they stop being relevant ? oh, yes, I remember, up until they released BB10 - seriously, BB10 even sports nginx, hey, whodathunk?

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Ex-Prez Bush, Cheney sued for email, phone spying during Olympics

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The one thing this mayor does not understand is that the NSA took power in 1963, they rule, not the president.

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Microsoft will explain only 'significant' Windows 10 updates

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Proprietary code is simply of too poor quality to be published.

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>“As we have done in the past, we post KB articles relevant to most updates which we’ll deliver with Windows as a service. Depending on the significance of the update and if it is bringing new functionality to Windows customers, we may choose to do additional promotion of new features as we deploy them.”

Most KB articles on updates do not actually tell you what the update is about. Most just contain boilerplate canned statements ... look at the GWX updates, for example. Security updates are no better, BTW.

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iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Re: Remind me again of the benefits of being in the Apple walled garden?

>The higher-than-Windows security baked in by integrated design of software and hardware?

Sorry, but here you are making a fool of yourself, sorry ...as everybody knows...

>The fast easy upgrade cycle?

Does not exists at Apple ???? Are you nuts ??? I don't own, but have owned an iphone in the past, updates are regular, trivial to install - yes, they tend to slow down your phone, but you get way more updates than on, eg Android or Windows Phone ... the only competitor who beats Apple in that respect is BB10.

People cry about Apple no longer supporting phones released 3 or 4 years ago, when a number of Windows Phone 8.1 devices will not be able to upgrade to 10, and most Android vendors, like Sony (BASTAAAAAAARDS!!!!), only shipping one OS update in the same time frame my BB10 got 5.

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Re: How times have changed

>But as you say, at least they have a choice.

You have a choice between security + grinding halt and vulnerabilities + performance.

Now, imagine, over in Android-land, what is going on there ... I am pretty sure some 80% of Android users are vulnerable to a threat or more, even despite patches being available. I know Google are trying to tackle this, there was an article just the other day, but still ...

I say, go BB10, safe bet.

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Linux Foundation wants open source projects to show you their steenking badges

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re: 1980s_coder

Upvoted for the ref to OpenBSD.

But the whole point is, if your sources are easily available, bugs and vulns have a higher chance of being spotted. I am not saying this prevents the bugs from emerging, but even the brightest devs make mistakes - they are human after all.

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Conference Wi-Fi biz fined $750k for jamming personal hotspots

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Re: FCC lines its pockets, but with whose money?

>How about some refunds ...

Class action lawsuit, anybody ? Nail these bastards ...

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Re: Enunciation

>Hey, I bet your country sells guns too, but only clandestinely and only to criminals. Everyone else is disarmed gun-free.

The only rational argument for owning guns you can bring forward here is that you like guns, it is not the best argument, but, that's it, all you've got.

All these "I need my rifle to protect my family" arguments are bullshit.

Take Australia ... you could freely buy guns there some decades ago, they had several big bloodbaths and in the aftermath of the last (which was pretty big and involved kids) they imposed strong restrictions on the sale of guns. Guess what, no bloodbath since ...

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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Re: OS X security?

>It's now clear that Mac's much vaunted security advantages are simply down to their inconsequential market share rather than anything inherently superior about the operating system.

How many vulns like this are found in Windows EVERY MONTH ?? Sadly, more than one, as reveals the need for a monthly patch day. Now, with the gazillion pre-historic susbsystems they keep in Windows, that is hardly a surprise.

Security-wise, MAC OS X has very few of these, however, they still have not learned the lesson of patching early, a luxury, since there are so few.

Mac OS, however, has other issues. They use a gazillion OpenSource software, and they do not always keep that up-to-date ...

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175 MILLION websites still powered by Windows Server 2003

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Re: No Open Source, No Security

>Using closed source for anything other than a private hobby web-site is criminally stupid.

In a closed network with no physical access to any other network, maybe, and even then ...

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Microsoft: Surface hub will ship from January 1, 2016

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WTF?

Big wide borders around the screen

Back to the 90's laptops with mega wide borders, nice! Come-on, you can do better than that, seriously, they still have absolutely NO TASTE.

Even my TV 3 or 4 yo has less wide borders ... and no, it is not the touch screen needing that, otherwise your phones would be three times as big as they are today.

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CAUGHT: Lenovo crams unremovable crapware into Windows laptops – by hiding it in the BIOS

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From http://seclists.org/bugtraq/2015/Aug/44

It is not possible to disable this functionality. If you can gain access to the BIOS, you can inject code into the Windows boot sequence using the documentation linked above. The BIOS delivered PE code is not countersigned by Microsoft.

Microsoft say: "If partners intentionally or unintentionally introduce malware or unwanted software though the WPBT, Microsoft may remove such software through the use of antimalware software. Software that is determined to be malicious may be subject to immediate removal without notice."

However, you are relying on Microsoft being aware of attacks. Since the code is executed in memory and not written to disk prior to activation, Windows Defender does not even scan the executed code.

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Pi-eyed: Microsoft ships slimmed-down Windows 10 IoT Core for gizmos

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Re: Painful gap finally filled

>lowest of all lows, doesn't even automatically create a restore point when a mouse is attached?

Thanks for the laugh!

Can anybody confirm this is actually the case in Windows 7/8/10? I doubt it, they are not THAT dumb, are they ?

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What is the hd footprint of this monster, considering you will not be able to enjoy solitaire, write, calc, pinball, or clock ? Certainly 100 or 1000 times more than linux with BIND, dhcpd, Samba, PostgreSQL, OpenLDAP, and ... and ..., and ..., and you name it.

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Four phone hijack bugs revealed in Internet Explorer after Microsoft misses patch deadline

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I know this is for windows mobile, but there sure will be a zero day in Edge before santa comes round this year, with code in the wild... remember, Adobe helped them out. ROFLMAO

120 days seems reasonable to me.

Windows Mobile^H^H^H^H^H^HPhone^H^H^H^H^HMobile is dead anyway, why bother ?

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BlackBerry can't catch a break: Now it's fending off Jeep hacking claims

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>How could any OS be responsible for security...

>... if someone was numpty enough to write a server which opens a port, lets people connect without authentication, and acts on commands?

And allows the infotainment module to command the car?

Whoever wrote that piece of sh*t should never be allowed near calculators, let alone computers.

Infotainment systems must be PHYSICALLY isolated from controls, be it in cars, trains, or planes - not a single cable - I know, Tesla do not get that one either. And software that is able to command a car should not be network aware ... if it needs to be patched, let a certified garage update the firmware, after 3 way authentication. Let it be 100% traceable, as in, you cannot update the firmware for a specific vehicle without the manufacturer getting involved, and the id of garages that updated the firmware must be stored in the car and at the manufacturers - if the firmware was updated by an unqualified person, or the id's stored in the the car mismatch with the id's stored at the manufacturers, it should be considered 0wned.

iiiii will never allow that, though ...

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Return of the Jedi? StarWars.co.uk bod to fight the Empire (Disney)

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Squatter?

Ok, so, star wars appears to be a franchise owned by a corp. It is a registered trademark, end of story, too bad, the idiot has lost.

Like the arseholes over at Perfect Privacy who, on the back of openvpn make tons of money, managed to take over openvpn.org and fool people into believing it was openvpn they were downloading. No, you cannot use their software to connect to your coporate openvpn server, only their paid for, bogus privacy, service.

This has to stop, next we will see starwars.biz or star.wars, squatters ... you did not write the saga, so why should you be able to fool netizens into thinking you are the official site ?

This has to stop.

Like a HMRC LLC, that would be able to cash checks issued to the HMRC, aka HM Revenue & Customs.

That anybody knowledgeable over here thinks this guy is right makes me go fscking mad!

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Keep up, boyos! 20k Win XP PCs still in use by NHS in Wales

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Re: Looking back 10 years

>spreadsheets to manage data

Christ, a bunch of numpties. MMVG!

Exactly what type data can be handled in a spreadsheet that cannot be handled in an AS/400 ???

>crashed about 4 or 5 times a day

Great, is there nobody to have a look why it crashes ?

>Each year, it also cost the company concerned as much as the volume licences & CALs for all of the rest of their landscape put together for a 3 year deal.

I think AS/400 in this case is overkill. Scrap the lot, call Suse and get a 10 year deal, for a third of the price of that 3 year deal.

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

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Re: Security Certification ?

>Are there any recognised qualifications that I could try for to prove that I have been trained to a suitable level in the design of secure computing systems? Something like the Microsoft Certified Professional programmes.

You forgot the Joke icon, my friend. MCP, MCSE, or MCSD, to anybody knowlegeable in Casio or Texas Instruments calculators or more advanced IT systems means window and surface specialist, good with vacuum cleaners and mops, not to be allowed near anything digital.

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Re: Your customer details...

>I have never had an unsolicited email, phone call or snail mail from them.

Not from them, but from "partners", maybe ?

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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>The team found a forehead-slapping flaw in HTC One Max in which fingerprints are stored as an image file (dbgraw.bmp) in a open "world readable" folder.

NSA directive ?

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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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Re: Happens often enough here in France

>Try suing the responsible authorities for libel & see just how quickly it would be corrected.

Good luck suing the French authorities ...

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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Office 364½ ?

It launched in May, fell over in June ... why, oh WHY do they go with the redmondRetards™?

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