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Judge orders redacted Aaron Swartz prosecution docs to be revealed

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Re: It's something.

Protecting "Witnesses"?? What witnesses?

This is solely about blocking out the names of anyone who thought they could fuck up someone's life for political gain, and is now terrified of the political loss if their names are released.

Cretins, the lot of them.

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'Liberator': Proof that you CAN'T make a working gun in a 3D printer

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Re: Way to miss the point...

Obsidian. It'll take an edge so sharp it's smooth even on nano-scale. Puts metal blades to shame. Tricky to work, but it'll cut someone with much less effort than a metal blade. Put a bit of mass behind it and you could probably lop someone's head off without too much effort.

Plus it will work on White Walkers.

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Løvefïlm signs hit beards’n’berserkers series Vikings

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Re: Game of Thrones

They've toned done the nudity quite a lot since the first season - which wasn't overly prurient, it was simply reflecting the nudity described in the books for the most part. In fact, lots of it was trimmed, for instance Dany in the book has one breast bared (the left, iirc) from the time she arrives in [spoiler redacted] until [spoiler redacted].

Compared to something like Spartacus, which is proper Sandal Porn without any real story, well, the nudity is incidental rather than the purpose of the show.

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Apple asked me for my BANK statements, says outraged reader

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Not just Apple

I've had this kind of response from standard UK based etailers before. I once ordered a whole bunch of kit from overclockers.co.uk on a Wednesday evening, paid by card, they took payment from my account

Thursday arrives, I'm in work and then the retailer insisted that at that point they could go no further without me emailing me them scans of utility bills or bank statements, because this was an address they had never shipped to before,

I can't do that from work, so they won't ship the goods I've already paid for in time to arrive for the weekend, so I told them where they could stick their request, got a refund and bought everything that evening on the TCR.

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How smart does your desk phone need to be?

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Re: Pick up handset, dial number, speak...

You had hot desking and call logs/directories on the handsets in the 90s without posh handsets? Clever.

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Re: Pick up handset, dial number, speak...

I disagree. Here's a short list of the things that I find extremely useful from our VOIP handsets and PBX, which is Asterisk iirc:

1) a searchable directory of all internal users

2) log in/out, so I can use any phone in the building

3) being able to conference people in

4) follow me, so I can easily work from any location*

5) call logs

6) do not disturb

7) voicemail indicators and browsing

8) easily hooked in to our video conferencing suites

9) "internal users" now mean "anyone worldwide who works for us"

* Like right now, I'm sat in my front room, but my home phone will ring. If I don't answer that, my mobile rings. And when I'm done for the day, changing a single flag on my profile stops anything coming to me.

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Tesla earns first profit, Model S wins '99% perfect' rating

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I only have two problems with the Tesla, namely that 1) I'm highly unlikely to ever be able to afford it, and 2) the range is just too low to have only this as your primary car (in which case, see 1 again, since I definitely won't be able to afford 2 cars).

EVs may be unquestionably better for the environment than petrol, but they will never be a serious replacement until battery tech can be made significantly cheaper. At the moment it's only a rich man's toy - lets hope by making enough rich men's toys they can work out a way to make car for regular people too.

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Retro-tech fan seeks cash for Commodore 64 clones

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Re: I would support this if:

I'm confused, is Swindon not an 80's theme park?

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WTF?

He wants $150k?! Never going to happen, there just aren't that many people who give a fuck about a C64, and those that do already have one, why spend $75+ on a "new" one.

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NEW ITV Player app IS HERE ... for Samsung fandroids only. Ha ha

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Or simply tell world + dog where their IP locked down video streams can be found and enumerated, slap an API on it, and let someone else write and support the app. Stick the adverts right in the video stream, you won't even lose any revenue.

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M&S shoppers make quarter of a million NFC payments a WEEK

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Re: Don't confuse NFC and EMV !!!!

My problem is that my oyster card, my company id card and my bank card all seem to use the same frequency, and therefore each one has to be in a separate wallet or pocket if I want to go on the tube (and have my wallet accepted by the gate).

Since we moved to NFC/RFID ID cards, the number of times I've forgotten my ID card has exploded. Before, I never used to forget it, as it was always in my wallet and never moved.

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Stealthy, malware-spewing server attack not limited to Apache

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Re: Surprise

Sometimes, even Eadon is too ashamed to put their name to a post.

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Re: @powerpoint monkey

"GIMP is no use for the professional Adobe Addict, because GIMP is no use for the professional Adobe Addict."

Until people start using it as a replacement for PS, it will never be a replacement for PS. If it doesn't do what you want, don't smugly tell all your hipster friends that GIMP is a useless POS, tell the GIMP developers what you need, maybe even contract someone to add the missing feature.

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EC: Motorola abused its patents in Apple iPhone spat

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Re: Good

Motorola were obliged to offer SEP patents under FRAND terms, which the EC (and you) are saying they didn't do. The EC say this is bad, you say it is fine...

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So long, Hotmail: Remaining users migrated to Outlook.com

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Re: Hotmail

MS purchased Hotmail for $400M, this sort of thing is the intended end game for many tech companies. The fact that it's now called "Outlook" and not "Hotmail" doesn't change the fact that it's basically an evolution of the same system.

Well, not really, since the original hotmail.com ran on Solaris and FreeBSD and used tools like sendmail and Apache httpd.

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US Ambassador plays Game of Thrones with pirates

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Re: @JTMILLER

I wonder how many people are like me, have a Sky sub and Sky+ it, but still download each episode for their library anyway?

I don't bother Sky+'ing it. I have a Sky sub so that (as far as I care) it is all above board, but Sky+ is no archive.

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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Re: As I predicted

Eadon, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

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Telling who tells what

MS tell you their shipping numbers, all the others tell you their sales numbers.

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Java applets run wild inside Notes

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No, they were already broken.

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We used F5 until a couple of years ago, when we thankfully migrated to corporate gmail. Huge parts of our internal company systems were built around Notes/Domino, it was utter hell (and so magical once completed). When the last Notes server was decommissioned, the infra guys ritualistically used a sledgehammer to utterly destroy it.

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Facebook: Yeah, we'll ban chainsaw beheading vids - when journos call us

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Re: Why are police not knocking on this guys door?

I don't think the guy who posted it was personally involved, though he is guilty of being a bit of a sick freak to think that worthy of 'sharing'

He could be that. Or he could be someone who wants to bring to wider attention the brutality happening in Mexico due to the American 'War on Drugs'. How many people worldwide were aware that people are being beheaded in Mexico before this 'sick freak' sparked this discussion?

Where should this footage be discussed? Are social networks only for talking about nice things, looking at pictures of cats and casual sex (not with the cats)? Why does everything in the world need to be Disney or censored?

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Yahoo! scuppered! in! Dailymotion! buyout! attempt!

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Re: Nice to see

You want to go live in France for a bit and see where this protectionism leads you.

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Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Re: Practical solutions

Apple, Google, Starbucks et al are doing nothing wrong, they are operating precisely under the rules they have been told to operate under.

If you want to direct your ire at someone, it should be your MP, who has the ability to effect changes in tax laws, but chooses not to for reasons of political expedience.

In other words, targeting a corporation is unlikely to have any effect. Since 1977, Nestle has been the target of a worldwide, co-ordinated activist boycott campaign. Nestle's profits last year, £6.5 billion pounds.

If you want a corporation to change it's behaviour, legislate against it. If your legislators won't legislate against it, change your legislators.

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Re: re: Google and Microsoft have already done this

Except when Microsoft does it, it doesn't get a whole article written about it ...

Ok, but then ...

"Microsoft Raises Nearly $3 Billion in Bond Sales"

you link to a whole article written about it.

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Re: @reno79

I don't understand this 'innovating' thing. There has been no innovation in phones for a very very long time. Processors get faster, interfaces get slightly slicker, but no phone has delivered anything innovative or special in a long time. Anything I said for phones also applies to tablets; tablets are just big phones.

What I mentioned was how Apple haven't really done anything radically different in their last two hardware revisions for their primary mobile devices (iPhone and iPad), and if we're allowed to forecast from their previous revisions of hardware for the next one, we won't see anything new in the 5S or next ipad, just a spec bump.

Shocker! Phones to remain phone like.

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Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes

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Re: And if 8 isn't enough...

Or even go one step better, run Debian sid.

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'Facebook, Twitter, Google: Ad companies masquerading as tech ones'

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Re: Google is a delivery service

That's like saying NI is a typesetting company.

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Vietnamese madam cuffed after advertising girls on Facebook

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Zuck and co. need to sharpen their filth filters a bit

I bet it only filters out pink flesh, and largely ignore other shades. They probably hired the guy straight outta HP.

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Review: Western Digital Sentinel DX4000

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The system will absolutely refuse to do anything until the rebuild process is complete and a rebuild of four 4TB 7200 RPM drives takes over four days

Yeah, no. The kind of person that buys this thinks they are spending £1.5k on something that will ensure their business continues to run in case of failure. This is a RAID array that takes almost the entire working week to rebuild the array, it's worse than useless.

Plus, it's only got 4 bays. What to do when you've filled it, buy the next one? Fuck that.

You can get a 24 bay Norco hot-swap chassis for fuck all these days, put 4 disks in that, put on Nexenta (built in ZFS, NFS, CIFS, iSCSI and a web gui to manage them all), and you can keep adding extra sets of disks as you need them. ZFS at least works when degraded, and a full rebuild is significantly shorter.

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Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

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Too pretty

They've spent too much time and money making the rack mount appliance look pretty - well, imo, any time/money spent making it look sexy is a waste. It could be a bog standard supermicro chassis, but no, it's gotta look sexy for the brochure. Never mind it will sit in a cabinet and never (hopefully) be touched or looked at again. Adds thousands to the cost, adds nothing to the quality.

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Facebook to plonk $1.5bn data centre in Iowa - report

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Re: Microsoft already has...

From November to March, the average monthly high for Iowa ranges between -1° C and 8° C, the average monthly low over the same period is between -10° C and -1° C.

November to March is a "large chunk of a year", and temperatures consistently below freezing is "fucking cold".

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Re: Microsoft already has...

It's also fucking cold for large chunks of the year, whilst still being fairly central, which is more to the point.

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More Brits ditch Apple tablets for Amazon, Google, Samsung kit

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Stats are interesting

In 2012, Apple had 73% of the tablets in the UK. 5% of the population had tablets, so 3.65% had Apple tablets.

In 2013, Apple had 63% of the tablets in the UK. 19% of the population had tablets, so 11.97% had Apple tablets.

Apple are surely doomed, someone call the stonemason.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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Re: He'll probably/hopefully get sued

Just because you know someone has your stuff doesn't give you the right to accuse them of theft

It's a pretty good start though. Much better than just accusing anyone.

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: so if I don't like it

DSA doesn't apply if you've opened the box. It's meant to cover the situations where you order something, it arrives and you think "Wait, what? I thought I was getting a XYZ". It's not meant to cover the situation where the thing is what you are expecting, but doesn't quite work as well as you want.

The intention is that it gives you the same chance to back out as if you were in a store, all the goods have been rung up and it is time to pay.

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Re: What gives ANY company the right...

In reasonable countries, the consumer has protection against wilfully unfair terms and conditions in contracts, as it has sensibly been noted that when a consumer enters into an agreement with a business, the business has undue control over the terms specified.

Therefore, this agreement, whereby you give up your rights to dispose of the entity that you are purchasing, would without doubt be invalid in the EU.

If google truly wanted to do this in the EU, they would have to apply a rental model - which is what this in fact is, you pay $1500 in order to rent it for $0/pcm, but as far as Google are concerned, they still own the device.

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Apple branded porno-peddling perverts by Chinese Pravda

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Re: So why are they LOOKING for smut?

Why not look for smut?

Isn't People's Daily the Daily Mail sized rag with the Page 3 style nudie pics on the back page?

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Hands up who wants 3D finger-controlled fridges? That's the spirit

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My fingers pick things up and deposit them in the fridge. At a later point, the same fingers pick things up and take them out of the fridge. This is operating a fridge.

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I'm slightly confused, who doesn't currently use 3 dimensions and finger controls to operate their fridge? Is there a huge number of people out there with flat, 2D fridges, pressing the buttons with their noses?

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Samsung vs Apple: which smartphone do Reg readers prefer?

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Re: Support

And when you get the new HTC or Nokia, it's a new phone. A few minutes after turning on the iphone, and it is your phone, exactly as it was at the last backup.

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: DRM mince

Spotify have no problem with being a streaming service that allow you to pre-cache the stream.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Re: You want to know if it'll work?

Ask Williams F1.

Their KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System - for those who do not follow F1) solution is a flywheel design and they've spent a lot of time, effort and cash in getting it to work properly.

Ask Williams what - why they don't use the flywheel design in F1? Ted Kravitz went through in in-depth detail the exact operation of a Williams F1 KERS system just this Sunday, it has no flywheel, just a mass of Li-ion batteries.

IIRC they spun out the flywheel tech to use in roadcars, they never used it in F1.

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Re: Odd for a kickstarter

You're confused, a kickstarter project is not intended to actually work or deliver anything useful, just keep some post grad dicking around with their pet hobby, subsidised by schmucks who think they are changing the world by pledging money from their tablets.

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Under the microscope: The bug that caught PayPal with its pants down

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I'm confused about how the security researches discovered this without breaking the law. Presumably, paypal didn't contract them to do this research, so this means they just started fuzzing paypal urls till something crashed.

Don't get me wrong, I think that is valuable research and should be legal. However, just altering the url a server gives you is enough to be considered hacking in the US (see iphone/AT&T snafu). How does one do security research and not get slammed in gitmo?

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Apple the victim after Chinese scammers exploit returns policy

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Re: Seems like...

Depends where you go. When I was in Shanghai, my (native) co-workers looked after me really well, took me to some fantastic local places for lunch, we'd eat a lot and it would cost no more than 20 kwai. Dinner in a reasonable chinese restaurant (as opposed to a gwailo restaurant) - well, one night I spent 60 kwai, 6 beers and so much food I couldn't eat it all.

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Re: Sounds familiar

Of course ask a GPL person about this and you'd get into a protracted war.

It's none of their business what happens to BSD code, you can tell they had FA to do with it because it is still BSD licensed and freely usable by anyone who fancies a bit of that. Which is the point of BSD license.

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Re: Declining number of speakers you say?

You clearly didnt read the article.

Welsh speakers … are a tiny market and obviously not seen as viable by epublishers.

Y Lolfa, a small publisher based near Aberystwyth, is leading a campaign to put Cymru back on the Kindle.

Amazon won't distribute a publisher's books on the Kindle because 'Cymru' is not in their list of supported languages. They don't want to do this:

INSERT INTO kindle_supported_languages (name, iso-639-1, iso-639-2) VALUES ('Cymru', 'cy', 'cym');

and that is being dicks, given the number of other esoteric languages they do allow in there.

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Brit cops blow £14m on software - then just flush it down the bogs

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Re: Why are these public sector idiots allowed...

Forget the headline and work it out. Since 2005, they've spent £14m. That's £1.75m a year. Say this is in-house developed tech - a lot of the costs are in development personnel, lets say £40k/person for public sector IT, which would cost the force ~£50k once you take into account EE NI. Lets assume a team of 20 developers - that's £1m/year. There were probably external costs - equipment, training, auditing, the 'independent report' which led to it's binning.

Now, the report says that they spent £14m and threw it away. That's probably not accurate. They built and maintained the system for 8 years, for which it 'worked' to a certain extent. At some point, they looked at this 8 year project, looked at what their needs for the next few years are, and estimated how much work it would be to get it to a state that they now need.

Obviously, having done this analysis, they decided that it was more cost effective to ditch it and start again, and even more cost effective to ditch it, and buy a solution rather than implement it in house.

Who hasn't had to do this at work? That PoS VB application that your predecessor poured his time in to, but still doesn't bloody do the job - do you fix it, or bin it? Do you reimplement it yourself, or is there COTS solutions available now that didn't exist back then?

This is not necessarily black and white.

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Re: How did they manage to log on?

So either no security set or the security was hacked - bad in either case. Don't know which but even the least techy person uses full hard disk encryption these days on laptops.

.. later ..

What I didn't say is that 'every' non-techy does - which is what I think you are implying.

English isn't your strong point, I take it.

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WTF is... H.265 aka HEVC?

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Re: GPU encoding @James Hughes

Yep, this is true. The problem is that GPUs will be sold with this feature to consumers, and they will act like the video encoders in todays set of hideously expensive graphics cards - poor quality, and poor speed. With GPUs, this is without doubt due to "good enough" implementation of the software.

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