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

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Re: Society for Rational Network Management, War Trackers Interest Group

The book actually being parodied is A Fire Upon The Deep. It's a very good novel. One of the few S/F novels that can convey the true size of the galaxy in human terms. A Deepness in the Sky is a prequel (20,000 years prior) that also does a great job of putting things against human scale.

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Re: Society for Rational Network Management, War Trackers Interest Group

currently reading and not enjoying nearly so much.

Yeah the sequel is something I want to re-read. It was okay but seemed a bit long-winded and convoluted (although of course A fire.. is hardly short and simple). From what I remember it leaves the door open for a third (or fourth if you include Deepness.. novel. I'm not sure how I'd feel about that.

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Re: Society for Rational Network Management, War Trackers Interest Group

I've always thought the final chapter in that book was the crowning glory. Those communication snippets were good.

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: Java autoupdate

Same on my work machine. It tells me there's an update but when I run it it says everything is up to date. If I got the website it downloads a newer version :-/

But more importantly I wish updaters wouldn't drop a new application icon on the desktop. Adobe seem to have stopped finally but iTunes still puts it there. Only the initial installation should do that (and even then the option not to would be nice).

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

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Their world view and values are not the same as the English. If you remove the English from England, what do you really have left?

The English are whatever particular group of people happen to call England home. Until a couple of hundred years ago everyone and their dog invaded us. Even the French managed it for a while. And even though there've been no military invasions for a long time there have been plenty of immigrants. Far from being a problem I believe that it's one of the things that makes England strong. We are all the result of thousands of years of invaders and immigrants. It's worked well so far - why stop it now?

The only real definition of an Englishman is 'someone who lives in England'.

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Microsoft has Windows Server running on ARM: report

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Most of the HAL was removed in NT 4 to improve speed on x86.

Well according to this support article at least some of it still exists in Win2k8 (search for 'HAL'). But I confess that I wouldn't be surprised if it was cut down from the original concept and implementation. But based on web searches something by that name still exists and is doing a lot of what you'd expect it to since people changing their hardware are getting STOP 0x79 which means 'MISMATCHED_HAL'.

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Since Windows has a HAL underneath it should be relatively easy to port.

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ICO to fine UNBIDDEN MARKETEERS who cause 'ANXIETY'

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Excellent news. Now all we need is someone with the resources and inclination to actually act on reports. The TPS relies on the ICO already and how many fines have actually been levied? According to Wikipedia.:

"The effectiveness of the TPS is limited. Enforcement is so lax that many organisations completely ignore it and do not check numbers.[3] There is no control over calls from outside the UK; many of the most abusive and sometimes fraudulent calls originate from overseas. A spokesman for the Direct Marketing Association—who run the TPS—said in July 2012 that it had received a dramatic increase in complaints from telephone subscribers cold-called by telemarketing firms, and that some firms simply chose to ignore the rules. The DMA sent between 1,000-2,000 complaints to the Information Commissioner's Office each month, yet no penalty fines had been imposed in at least 18 months"

Although that 18 months appears to be a note from 2012.

Huh. Also from Wikipedia:

"The entire TPS database is now considered compromised, as many sales people and businesses will add potential leads (Your Number) to the TPS database to prevent rival businesses from calling them. Furthermore the TPS organization has no credibility as flaws in their system were pointed out many years ago and nothing has been done about it."

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Re: Not so human after all

Musk really doesn't like the idea of K.I.T., does he.

KITT

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"Surprise me, Holy Void!"

Although to be fair most of what went wrong in those books seemed to be the result of human failure rather than AI.That was pretty much the theme from what I remember. All our fault for trying to fight the cosmos instead of embracing it.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Re: Grasping at straws are they?

With all the weasel words and add-ons like "exercise and a healthy diet", I smell a rat

Actually the testing was done on mice :)

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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He wanted first-class support for native C/C++ code

That'd be a clever trick. No version of Windows has ever had support for 'native C/C++ code' whatever that is.

Presumably what he meant was first-class support for the Windows API and x86 family of processors. There are many languages that developers use to generate 'traditional' native Windows applications.

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There's a lot more to backup than you thought

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It might also be worth noting that 'professional' backup software (that aimed at larger businesses) is often quite complicated.

I'm a programmer and at my previous job we sometimes had to install and test backup software (mainly when a new version of Exchange or SharePoint was released). The infrequency meant that none of us were really familiar with the backup software packages. The result was a lot of wasted time re-learning and re-educating ourselves and all too often fighting the same battles just to get our tests performed.

In our situation that was mostly acceptable because it was a once every year or so event. But in a proper real-world scenario you want the people responsible for backups to be familiar with the software so that they are always ready to respond in a timely fashion and always know what they are doing.

But above all (no matter what the environment): Perform a regular test restore. Never just rely on the backup software saying the back up completed okay. Sometimes they lie. You can never really trust a backup set unless you've actually restored it to a new location and verified the data.

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Comet Siding Spring revealed as flying molehill

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“Telescopic observers had modeled the size of the nucleus as about half a mile, or one kilometer, wide,”

Was it the NASA spokesman or the observers who thought that one kilometer was about half a mile? It seems a rather inaccurate approximation.

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Sky's tech bets pay off: Pay TV firm unveils blazing growth for Q1

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Seems another simple solution to just cleverly record the prog automatically at a different time as most things are repeated these days.

Yup, like my Freesat box has done ever since I first bought it. Or even better - just download the programme if it's available from On Demand.

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I'd like it if they could offer WAN access to my Planner. It's all very well being able to set up a recording from anywhere on the planet but there's currently no way to know if there's a tuner available so it's of limited use. I wouldn't think it needs access to my box from outside the LAN. All it needs is for my box to upload the Planner to their servers every time it changes. Then the Sky+ app can do the rest.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Cruise control

Though it may ruin the drive for committed drivers for long distances the most efficiency is cruise control.

That may depend on the implementation. I've never really tested it but the CC on my Jazz doesn't fill me with confidence in that respect. It's fine on the flat but going up inclines it lets the speed drop quite a lot (2 or 3mph) before putting the clog down(*) and accelerating to 2 or 3mph above target. Worse still it often seems to start accelerating just before the brow of the hill then it lifts off when it realises it's over shooting in.I do use it but only on motorways and long stretches of A-road that I know are free of upward inclines.

(*)Although to be fair it is supposed to be better to accelerate 'sharply' rather than barely tickling the accelerator. It's more the way it so often has to lift off and engine brake at the brow of a hill that bothers me.

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Best tip to save fuel when driving: DWB (Driving Without Brakes). It's easier if you have a manual but I manage it with an automatic that has a torque converter. Not only will it save a lot of fuel but it makes you a safer driver and adds a lot of interest to driving. To do it well you have to be paying attention and become very good at anticipating what other road users are going to do.

My instructor (30 years ago) told me "Brakes are for stopping and correcting your mistakes". I've always stuck by that advice. It doesn't mean that you use gear changes instead of braking. It means never needing to slow faster than you can achieve by lifting off.

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Footie fracas: MYSTERY DRONE waves flag, incites Balkan brawl

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was given the chance to head a plastic chair

Brilliant :)

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

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Re: Rootable

I wonder if there is a new ROM for it.....

The article tends to imply that there is no ROM for improvement :)

Anyway being pedantic if it has a ROM you're stuck with what you're given ;)

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Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE

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Try right-clicking in the Visual Studio editor. That's proof that you can overdo a good idea :-/

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Splitters! First HP's cut in two, now it's Symantec’s turn – report

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Splitters

Classic.

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Overhead fibre has been around for more than 20 years. It's just as ugly as overhead copper but less susceptable to lightning damage.

There are no overhead wires of any kind on our estate (or indeed in most of the town). The council wouldn't give permission for them to suddenly appear and neither would I.

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Oh good. So they're going to fit new distribution boxes every 20 metres? If you're going to run fibre from the cabinet to within 20 metres of a property just take it to the damn door!

That's a nice idea but a lot of the cost is going to be dealing with those final few metres.

I live in a fairly modern house and you could blow fibre through ducting all the way to the access panel in the pavement outside. Would be easy and pretty cheap. But to get it to my house you'd have to micro trench my driveway which is more costly because that run of cable is not in a duct. They can't just go around doing that everywhere (not everyone would give permission and anyway for a typical housing estate that could be a few thousand kilometres of micro trenching) so it becomes a bespoke installation cost. Then there's flats and offices where the fibre would terminate in the basement. Who pays to run the cables to each property?

I'm not trying to be obstructionist, just a realist. Replacing the final few metres of cable from the property edge to current demarcation point is quite expensive and involved. It's likely a minefield that no-one wants to deal with until/unless they get a specific request from the property owner.

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: Why it got waved through....

And the really neat thing is that your comment would apply to anything the government did. It's a kind of universal political commentary.

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A moment of brilliance? UPnP for Internet of Stuff lightbulbs

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The power shower pump failed. Not only does that model no longer exist but the replacement isn't a "drop in" fit.

Yup, had that problem several years ago. I was lucky though I managed to find a 'new old stock' later version that with a bit of cutting, drilling and finagling could be persuaded to go where the failed unit was.

And shoes can be a pain. Why do Nike have to keep releasing a new version of their 'Dart' series? The more recent versions don't have the arch support I like and seem to feature a raised heel and toe that wasn't there before.

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Re: Making things simple

How many wouldn't want a handy "f--k off" button for when cold callers ring the landline and the answer phone kicks in with "about your accident/PPI claim"?

Cold caller blocker

's a bit expensive but I have one and it's eliminated 99.9% of cold calls while allowing calls from known numbers (or people who know the bypass code) to go straight through. The 0.1% was one pillock who having heard my recorded message saying "We are screening all incoming calls and don't want to talk to cold callers" decided to leave a message whittering on about whatever crap he was trying to shovel.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: MAGNA CARTA

i'm sure you would defend their right to say them......Free Speech

Free speech is about interactions between citizens and government. The Register is a privately owned site and is entitled to edit and censor anything that is posted here. Free speech is irrelevant when discussing their editorial policy and how they deal with commentards.

P.S. I wub El Reg :D

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Man's future in space ... Barack Obama: Mars. Narendra Modi: Mars. Vladimir Putin: Er, Moon

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Re: Misinterpretation

They plan a landing on Ukraine and making a base in 20 ears.

Pardon?

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Re: Moon is a harsh mistress

Didn't that all go horribly wrong in 1999?

Yup. Brian Blessed was involved in the project a couple of times as I recall :)

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Bah. We'll get it back :)

Mind you I had to read that headline twice. I thought at first it said PARIS was beaten by 96,000 ft. That would have been very impressive :)

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Your location info is too revealing: data boffins

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Re: Mobiles are the new email.

Today you don' want people knowing where you are.

Can't say I'm all that bothered. But if you're that paranoid you'd best be unemployed and homeless then. Anyone with a full-time job and permanent place of resident can be found by the authorities almost any time they want you.

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Man buys iPHONE 6 and DROPS IT to SMASH on PURPOSE

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Obviously not holding them correctly.

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Spies would need SUPER POWERS to tap undersea cables

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Re: some South American country

Do you recall that they actually cut the existing cable in situ (deep underwater) using a cable cutter on the end of a long cable? (!!!)

I didn't but your mention of a long cutter on the end of a cable rings a definite bell. I thought it was pretty clever that they could pull a cable up from that depth. Mind you they did that with telegraph cables back in the day without the aid of ROVs. Astonishing.

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A couple of years ago I watched a documentary about a team that added a fibre optic link to some South American country on the west coast. It was actually a very interesting documentary. It showed them using the plough on the beach out into the shallow sea. It showed them spooling out the fibre and ensuring the tension was appropriate.

The relevant bit is that the cable was going to be spliced into one of the fibres that runs down the Pacific coast of the Americas. They pulled up one of the amplifiers I think (it was a large 'blob' surrounding the cable) and I think they replaced it with a three way version. Then they put the cable back where they found it and sailed off to another job.

Presumably that technique could be used by spooks if they wanted but as this article says - I doubt they'd bother. They'd have to rent the ship and that's a lot of people to keep quiet.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Re: Says more about Reg readers

I'm not really following what you're saying there. What do you mean by 'work session'? Are you talking about something like the xIX virtual terminal where you can log into your computer multiple times (what Windows calls user switching)? I'm not sure that's what's suggested here. It's more like they've increased the desktop size then subdivided into screen sized pages. That's just a bit of fairly trivial GDI trickery.

And if you're trying to suggest that Windows struggles with multiple versions of VS running at the same time then I can only assume you've been doing it on machines with too little RAM. I've done it lots of times. I currently have VS and Eclipse open (and MySQL WorkBench) and everything is responsive without any disk or CPU thrashing. I have 8GB of RAM of which just under 2GB is currently available. I just did a quick user switch and fired up VS as a different domain user and it's fine. Flip back to my normal user and that's fine as well.

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There have been third party add-ons to do that since Win3.x at least. Even OS/2 had one written by StarDock I think. I never really liked the idea, couldn't get on with it for some reason.

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General Motors issues STOP DELIVERY for 2,800 corvettes over defects in 2015 model

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Re: GM are slowly dying

They are slowly getting rid of the interesting parts of the business, the big European cars are dead. Now Holdens is going, not much interesting left.

I don't want an 'interesting' car. I want a car that gets me from A to B safely in reasonable comfort while consuming as little fuel as possible.

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Maybe they shouldn't have released the 2015 range so early?

Honda did the same thing- they released the 2012 Jazz in 2011. At least they seemed to get it right though.

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Boffins: Behold the SILICON CHEAPNESS of our tiny, radio-signal-munching IoT sensor

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And while you're at it don't forget the 'sequel' A Fire Upon the Deep. Possibly his best novel (IMO). Both novels do a great job of conveying the sheer size of the galaxy. The final 'chapter' of A Fire.. is haunting.

I'll also recommend the novel Outcasts of Heaven Belt written by his ex-wife. That's a lot shorter and less weighty tome but it does a good job of conveying what life is like in a fallen (or falling at least) advanced civilisation.

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Big Brother

Sounds like the localizers proposed in A Deepness in the Sky - one of Vernor Vinge's best novels.

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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I've got two corrections through them. For a while the A422 showed a kink west of Brackley which had it trying to follow the old railway line. Also at Brackley it looked like someone had autocorrected 'Pavillons Way' to 'Pavillions Way'.

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Even better than the iThing: Apple's Cook is strictly pro Bono

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Re: They'll be watching you?

Maybe they should have got The Police to reform for the event instead?

Just so long as they don't start going on about Sue Lawley again :)

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Re: Time to put a bullet to Auntie's head

I use a VPN all bloody day - my company requires it so we can get into our corporate network.

By Auntie's definition I must be a Pirate.

No, because 'Auntie' is talking about people transferring a lot of data over a VPN link. It's unlikely that you do as I pointed out in my first message.

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I refuse to believe I'm that unusual.

I don't think that many people know how to set up a VPN for that kind of activity even if that particular use case is common. If it was common VM wouldn't be bothering with traffic management. I suspect the truth is that most people don't even know what a VPN is. Most teleworkers don't really - they probably just think they are logging onto their employer's network. Also VM is unusual in having traffic management - most UK ISPs don't need it and either have enough capacity in place or else let the network slow down a bit when things get busy.

I also assume that some of the downvotes are from people who ignored my second paragraph:

But that's not really the point. I object to the presumption of guilt and I don't think people should be hounded just because they use their network connection in a slightly unusual way.

By downvoting me you therefore seem to be agreeing with the BBC's stance.

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I think that 'are probably pirates' is a bit strong but I would agree that it should be unusual for a residential user to have large amounts of traffic travelling over a VPN. Home workers don't normally send a lot of data back and forth. Controlling a remote computer using RDP for instance is unlikely to amount to more than 1GB of data a day. Even VNC wont't be that much worse. Someone downloading/uploading documents is unlikely to be using much bandwidth either.

But that's not really the point. I object to the presumption of guilt and I don't think people should be hounded just because they use their network connection in a slightly unusual way. It's the same principal that says people shouldn't be persecuted just because they don't conform to society's standards. Being unusual should never be an excuse for accusations.

If someone has committed a crime then prove it. And 'because he uses a VPN a lot' is no more valid proof than 'because he smells' or 'because he lives alone'.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

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Re: One password to rule them all - tesco

have you read this ?

I hadn't but that pre-dates their change to more-strict passwords (they invalidated existing accounts so you had to create a new password) and it pre-dates their recent facelift (I still prefer the old look). On a practical level I've had an account with them almost since they started home deliveries and they are one of the few etailers that has never sent spam nor leaked my (Tesco specific) email address.

I'm not saying that security doesn't matter nor that they are doing it right but my experience is that Tesco is more secure than most of the etailers I've dealt with over the years. So strictly from my personal POV they are very secure.

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Re: One password to rule them all

Of course by adding weak/strong password dialogs, the website owners look like they are being secure. Not a lot of uise however if they store them in some text file on a server.

I find it ironic that after being chastised for sending passwords in the clear and/or not encrypting them my Tesco groceries password is now one of the strongest I've got. At least I can rest assured that no-one is going to be ordering groceries for me I suppose :-/

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Theresa May announced this morning that the government plans to publish a mobile phone theft index

What, like those efficiency tables?

A <===== Least likely to be stolen.

B <==== Probably won't be stolen.

C <=== Careful now.

D <== It'll be nicked within a few days.

E <= It'll be nicked before you leave the shop.

F < And they'll have yer arm off as well.

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