* Posts by batfastad

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STAY AWAY: Popular Tor exit relays look raided

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Re: If you've nothing to hide ...

Yep, I use Tor every so often for mundanely pointless browsing.

But remember kids, please don't pull your t0rrents of "Miss Congeniality Cruise Control 2 Return Of The King" or any other generic Holywood tripe down through it.

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Staples comes clean: 1+ million bank cards at risk after hack

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Norks

Staples CIO: "It's dem pesky North Koreuns again. There are genwine US lives at risk if we can't sell stationary to US citizens. So Obama, can u nuke them for us plz? Thx"

Seriously though, how is the US so backward when it comes to buying things in shops?

I've never been a huge fan of chip and pin because it's easier to give someone a kicking to get their pin and withdraw a bunch cash. At least forging a signature in a shop requires a vague amount of practice. The only reason I can think of is to place the burden of security (and blame for fraud) onto the account holder. Also pin codes, only 4 digits!?

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Idiots

Is it just me who thinks it's insane to make a film about killing the current living premier of another country, even if you do think that country/premier is a joke?

If there was a film produced about the assassination of Obama, you would expect things to go very bomby (well, whingey) very quickly.

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Re: 12 years gone from the company, and they still have all his details...

Err most companies need to keep ex-employee records for pension & tax purposes.

Fair enough. But why most and not all companies? What's the criteria that state whether a company does or does to keep these records on ex-employees?

I doubt that indefinite storage of ex-employee pension/tax records is a legal requirement, more of a "nice to have" from the company's perspective. And I'm not sure when "nice to have" trumps EU data protection.

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Ofcom mulls selling UK govt's IPv4 cache amid IPv6 rollout flak

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Re: IPv6

"Really? And who will pay for the lines that the ADSL is carried on, then. Or will tbe bits arrive by magic through the ether?"

The same people who pay for health, education and welfare. Us, me, you. Having access to half-decent healthcare is a good thing. Having access to half-decent broadband is also a good thing IMO, a virtually unlimited source of learning and opportunities (ok so pr4wnz, t0rrentz etc come with it too, big deal).

Line rental is usually higher than the cost of ADSL broadband these days. The only reason I have a landline is to get ADSL, it hasn't had a phone plugged in for 5+ years. Am I the only one? I would be this is a significant barrier for people on low/no income that could be sorted quite easily if the regulator had the balls to put the squeeze on the incumbent national telco.

Chop a couple of nuclear subs from the offence budget or scrap the building of a 20% faster trainset to pay for it. Or flogging some unused Gov IPv4 address space, as hinted to the article.

I am assuming that you give a fsck about people who are not as fortunate as yourself. I understand that this is often a false assumption.

Nothing to do with IPv6 and for that I apologise.

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Re: IPv6

@Chewi Actually had that article sat in my RSS for a month or so now so finally got around to reading it. Did not know about that. Nice one, cheers!

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IPv6

OFCOM sells an unused IPv4 block. Re-invests profits into cheaper universal broadband access by mandating that BT offer ADSL without landline line rental charges (digital nation etc)!

No wait, I got that wrong... Re-invests profits into swanky Southbank office space.

Did I hear something about the Gov wanting ISPs (and all websites) to provide them with real-time logs so they can surveil by IP address? Pretty difficult to tie an end user or device to an IPv4 address. IPv6 however... oh I see!

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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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MP

The MP says "Disruption on this scale is simply unacceptable".

WTF? The Transport Secretary would prefer everything just carried on as normal during a major systems failure? Yeah just carry on launching passengers into the sky, it'll be fine!

Honestly, where do they get these people!

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A nation of CODERS? Yes, says UK.gov, and have some cash to do it

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Code-As-A-Sport

Do computers rather than sportings because, well, we privatised all the sports facilities so they're too damn expensive to use. We'll call it "Code-As-A-Sport". There, you can now teach it in PE.

Skip teaching fundamental maths, algebra and science, just do some generic coding will you? We really need an army of smug hipster web developers brandishing Macs and Adobe DreamWetter.

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Shhhhh! It's a Swiss Sunday shutdown. Kill the lawnmower, punish the kids with CHEESE

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Re: Sunday shutdown...

@ Smitty Werbenjaegermanjensen

"Would buy again." Made me lol!

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Virgin Media customers suffer YET MORE YouTube buffering blues

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Unlimited broadbandings

Over-selling over their over-selling thresholds are they?

Nah, unlimited innit.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Baronesses aren't qualified

Are Baron(s|esses) qualified to make these decisions?

"I am determined to bring the benefits of smart meters to GB consumers"

Well Baroness Vermin can pay for them herself then, if she's determined to ignore the cost-benefit analysis which claims only a 2% saving.

A 2% saving on bills that will keep increasing by >10% because of successive governments' obsession with windy energy and refusal to build any nuclear in the last 20 years.

I can never understand how we have money for this nonsense, yet there are people who sleep in cardboard boxes.

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Squashed bug opened EVERY PayPal account to hijacking

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"A PayPal spokesperson confirmed the flaw to Vulture South adding it had no evidence accounts had been compromised."

No evidence because the way PayPal withdraws money and freezes accounts with no justification looks exactly like criminal activity, so there's no way to differentiate.

On another note, one thing that's always concerned me about PayPal is that they store your login e-mail in a cookie even when you've signed out. Fair enough have a mechanism of remembering a session to auto login. Also then pre-populating the e-mail address from the database using the session ID even when the user's logged out. But I've always worked on the basis that you should never store any part of user's credentials anywhere outside of your own database. Certainly not on a cookie on a user's machine. And certainly not for the secure login of a financial institution. But that's none of my business.

I don't know anything about security for the financial services sector so I can only assume the security requirements are more lenient than I'm used to.

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Weather Channel forecast: Bleak, with prolonged XSS

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Re: Drupal

Drupal's a dog.

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Drupal

And when they say "highest trafficked Drupal site in existence" what they actually mean is it uses Drupal to generate static HTML. All user requests are served by the most excellent Varnish cache, as are most sites that use Drupal.

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Sony employees face 'weeks of pen and paper' after crippling network hack

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Restructuring

Normally internal restructuring costs £$€ in consultants and redundencies. This hack might do the job for alot less. Which surely Sony will be happy about as aren't they basically going broke in an agonisingly slow manner?

A mid-manager pipes up, I know what will save us, a new proprietary memory card format! Also that useful functionality in product X? Lets kill it off in the next firmware.

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: VLC

MPC-HC is great as well. I ran that on my HTPC, until that became OpenELEC. And ran it on my laptop, until that became Linux.

But the fact you don't have to dig out some codec pack always makes VLC a good bet for computers that come under the "family tech support" contract I seem to have signed up to.

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My essentials...

7zip, Notepad++, VLC, Irfanview and SumatraPDF

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Too 4K-ing expensive? Five full HD laptops for work and play

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1366x768

1366x768 was truly horrible. Over 10 years ago I had an old Asus which had 1680x1050 and it was awesome. Ever since then trying to find something that wasn't 1366x768 at my "disposable" price point of £500-£700 has been basically impossible. I tend not to spend much more than that on a laptop since they get well-travelled and tend to die after a couple of years of airports and events.

Recently bought a unit from PCspecialist.co.uk for £550 and it's been doing the job nicely for a few months now. Didn't have to fork out for a Windows that I'm never going to use either.

I'll say thank you to Apple for giving other manufacturers a kick up the a*se with regards to building laptops with higher resolution screens.

I love being able to cram more windows, text, web pages etc onto a single screen view. I don't want higher resolution bouncy icons that end up being the same physical size on the 15" panel though, I think the marketing term for that is HIDPIDIIPIDDIIDPPI or something.

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Bittorrent wants to sink Dropbox with Sync 2.0

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Open

I really like BT Sync. It works really well for syncing 50GB design files around a team of 10 remote workers, with a backup server also receiving all the data. I also use it for syncing personal stuff between a few different devices.

But I am also wary of the fact that it's not open source. I'd chip in to a kickstarter for a completely open source equivalent. Don't have the time to do anything about it myself though.

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Microsoft's Azure goes TITSUP PLANET-WIDE AGAIN in cloud FAIL

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I wouldn't be surprised if they are actually using their own software to power their cloud. Would MS be that insane? A gigantic AD/Group Policy/DNS/Exchange infrastructure? What could go wrong!

They should probably think about setting up isolated availability zones.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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EVERYONE BE AFRAID...

EVERYONE BE AFRAID... WE WILL PROTECT YOU!

Oh actually, no we won't. We can't really. Sort yourselves out, especially you city bankers, you're very important to us. Peons and the hoi polloi, not so much. We don't need to spend all that tax dosh on offence/defence and anti-terror after all! But we'll keep the budget thx.

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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Doubt it

Surely being an MP is classed as "unskilled labour", given that you don't need academic or vocational qualifications, or even to know vaguely what you're talking about as a cabinet minister, in order to apply to be one. That's why the pay is so sh*t. Oh wait...

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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Loss of service

I've lost service with Fasthosts many times with many clients, permanently, and always with great success!

They are one of those shoddy companies that really should have gone out of business by now. Hopefully it won't be too much longer.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up

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Have an upvote for name-checking Xilo.

Moved to them just after Be started pushing people to Sky, and couldn't be happier. Was using O2 Wholesale through Xilo so basically the same connection as I had on Be. Then O2 Wholesale was sold off so migrates to TalkTalk Wholesale and still happy. Central London and no FTTC when all that happened, so sticking with FTTE (fibre to the exchange (ADSL)).

Xilo are just resellers but their customer service is outstanding... Just like Be.

Plus all the net nanny stuff like Camron's national censorship filter and blocking of the obvious t*rrent trackers is disabled.

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Microsoft's Lync becomes 'Skype for Business'

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Good news!

This is good news. I really like using desktop applications that have adverts pumped into them.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Coat

Virgin?

The clue is in their name.

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

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ldn

I might have been more tempted if it was shorter like .ldn. Also I couldn't register my name or where I lived because they were premium. Some availability checkers said available (123-reg... Urrrrg) but always checking with the registry resulted in "premium". Forget it.

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Eh?

Woah, I have truly incurred the wrath of Taylor Swift's fanbase here on LeReg!

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Eh?

"Rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free."

I agree with Taylor Swift (whatever one of those is). I would like to see her music be infinitely valuable, by being so rare that it doesn't actually exist outside of her tiny little mind.

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Canonical pushes LXD, its new mysterious drug for Linux containers

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CoreOS

I really fancy giving CoreOS a spin if I ever get any time... https://coreos.com

That is all.

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

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I can haz refund?

Yeah because the regulation of traditional "physical" currencies is ever so effective in stopping organised crimnals, terrierits and pedifiles. Noone has ever committed massive scale fraud or other financial crimes since regulation of the financial services industry has been around either.

I presume I can claim a refund for someone deciding to waste my tax money on this inquest/consultation/quango or whatever these gatherings of chubby UKgov blazer-wearing eunuchs are called these days?

I despair at the people who make these decisions. I despair even more at the people who just nod their heads in total gormless agreement.

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Drupalgeddon megaflaw raises questions over CMS bods' crisis mgmt

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Re: Horrendous!

Yes it did take that long.

The original security advisory was posted on the 15th Oct. The next followup announcement informing you that you need to patch within 7 hours or restore from backup, came on the 29th Oct... https://www.drupal.org/PSA-2014-003

Is it just me that finds it insane that it takes 2 weeks to provide that followup advice through the official channels?

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Horrendous!

I don't really understand why it took until the 29th to advise users that they should probably restore from backups. We have backups of course but each day that goes by makes restoring from a backup almost exponentially less feasable.

People who are active in the community and spend all day in #drupal on IRC might stay on top of the aftermath of something like this. But I don't think most users of Drupal employ full-time babysitters for their CMS. Many Drupal site administrators are probably not the most technical either, it's a point-n-click application, so why bother employing a sysadmin when we can pay for Jonny Wordpress to have a morning of Drupal training and a book to not read.

At best Jonny Wordpress might subscribe to the security announcement feeds or mailing lists. Perhaps even these... https://www.drupal.org/security/rss.xml and https://www.drupal.org/security/psa/rss.xml

In which case he would have no idea of the total sh*tstorm that's rained down in the intervening 2 weeks.

SQL injection is horrendous and especially bad news where so much of a site's structure and config is stored in the database. And even worse when the bug has been present for the 3+ years since the release of Drupal 7.

I've always thought Drupal was a total dog of a CMS. Unfortunately though it's the easiest dog there is for fudging custom applications without too much actual development experience required.

Typically I see 200+ DB queries to load a page, 4k+ in some cases with a totally cold cache. And people wonder why their Drupal sites have such poor performance! The best way to use Drupal is to not use Drupal at all, and I'm not just being an arse by saying that, i mean just use it as a glorified static HTML generator and cache the result in Varnish/nginx.

IMO if you need 300 modules and blobs of code to get a thing to do what you want, you should probably be doing it yourself anyway.

Lol, I suppose the old witty IRC reply to questions/requests for help does apply in this case... Not happy? Ask for a refund*

* I'm not slating open source in the slightest so pls don't downvote. Anyone who works with open source projects will have seen someone reply with that at some stage.

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LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 – dual SSD sizzler

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Hurm

So for people editing 4K video this device is good for about 20secs of footage then?

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DRUPAL-OPCALYPSE! Devs say best assume your CMS is owned

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Re: Ouch

And actually reading this https://www.drupal.org/project/drupalgeddon what's insane is that the advice to "restore from backups from before 15 October 2014" was given on the 20th Oct. Probably not that feasable for busy news sites.

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Ouch

I assume this bug has been hanging around since Drupal 7 release in 2011? In that case it would be safer to assume that every Drupal site has been hacked well before this patch was released.

Surprising there's an SQL injection vuln since the database is so central to Drupal operation. You would think they would be far more aware, especially given the way they make so many APIs and hooks available to module developers. I've seen Drupal sites doing 300+ DB queries to load a single page (4k+ in one case with a completely cold Drupal cache)! And people wonder why their Drupal sites are so slow!

Drupal's a total dog of a CMS, but it's the best dog there is for customisation. Although if you need to bolt on 200+ modules to achieve your basic requirements, I would say you're better off doing it from the ground up anyway.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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We do not negotiate with terrorists

No we just bend over. And over time, we become them.

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HP releases OpenStack cloud

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Proprietary

I've seen this film before and it's rubbish. Take an open source project, wrap it in proprietary gubbins, sell it to clueless C*Os, then it falls behind the upstream project after 6 months, vendor updates dry up as the departments get "re-focused", then in 18 months' time community support and documentation no longer applies to you and you can't upgrade to the upstream community project.

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Mozilla hopes to challenge Raspbian as RPi OS of choice

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Re: selling point

Switch SD cards? Noobs multi-boot will fix that, though still need to reboot.

Or just buy a Pi to dedicate to OpenELEC

For a small, low-power desktop take a look at the new Zotac Pico wotsit. Seems quite good, though Win8+Bing and about 5x the cost of a Pi. But definitely more usable as a full desktop.

I really like the idea of being able to deploy the Pi (or an HDMI TV stick) as a thin client which could fire up a VPN connection automatically and launch a remote desktop session.

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Back to the ... drawing board: 'Hoverboard' will disappoint Marty McFly wannabes

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Levitating house?

So when an earthquake hits is the copper surface underneath also going to have an electro-magnetic layer underneath that? And the copper surface underneath that and ... etc

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Maglev

In the 80s I was promised maglev trains. When will we get some?

Since our gov wants to spend £40bn of our money to buy us all a new high speed train set (that noone has actually asked for (democracy dear boy)) to drain the North 15-20% faster, then I at least want it to be interesting and not some Victorian throwback by the time it's completed in 2040.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Money

"Amazon outbid Google and gTLD powerhouse Donuts to pay $2.2m for the rights to sell dot-spot addresses"

Rights to sell? Or rights to stop anyone else selling?

Why? No idea. Maybe just to annoy Google by setting up .blog.spot

But I wonder what proportion of these extra TLDs will ever be publicly available. Donuts seem to sell alot of theirs but as a private company setup solely to do this, it makes sense. In order to apply for one of these you should have to make registrations publicly available within a year, that would stop big corporates from polluting the internet with .canon .google .sony etc.

So what happens to all the money ICANN are presumably grabbing from this? Filling a US.gov budget defecit no doubt, before ICANN is spun off to "neutral" ownership.

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In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web

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dot whatever

At least ICANN won't go short of money after all those applicants for sponsored TLDs each paid $250k!

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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No propulsion?

No propulsion? Surely there would need to be some sort of thrusters to correct its trajectory within space?

Otherwise once it picks up some decent speed it's going to be slingshotting unpredictably around the galaxy using gravity of the nearest stars/planets. Sounds like a prototype for an Infinite Improbability Drive to me!

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GP records soon wide open again: Just walk into a ‘safe haven’

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Consultation period!

We've taken on board your views and have decided to ignore them and do whatever we want anyway.

That pretty much covers the attitudes of all Govs, red or blue. Doesn't seem like democracy's working, best to ignore it.

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'Dropbox passwords' for sale are all EXPIRED: Bitcoin buyers beware

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Joke

7 million accounts?

I find that very hard to believe.

Unless it's 1000 users all signing up for multiple accounts to get more than the default ~2MB of space.

Joke icon but seriously bro, 2GB for free accounts?

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Re: Rose tinting?

Internet != www

I would have thought the stats they get from all the f*ckzillions of DNS lookups they handle would actually be pretty valuable. Not all wgets/mail clients/daemons and whatever other internet-aware processes (lots and lots and lots!) that do DNS lookups have JS enabled. GA just gets you data from web browsers.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Nice, but why...

This is exactly the reason the first thing I do is dump the manufacturer's Android and stick on CyanogenMod. It means I get total consistency across devices, rather than some options on one and other options on another.

Hopefully manufacturers (+ operators) are starting to realise that their "value added" sh*t is actually costing them a huge amount of good favour and potentially money.

This looks great... a worthy replacement for my 7" Ainol Fire (snigger)

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