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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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Could they be sued under Trades Description?

If they share information and mine user's history for nuggets of identifying info; there's no reason it can be referred to as an anonymous app. Which is entirely the point of it, I believe.

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US government fines Intel's Wind River over crypto exports

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If Allah wants to read my personal stuff, he can go and fuck himself too. Unless he's holding a warrant.

NOTE: A warrant obtained by due process. Some of these deities can be tricky buggers if Terry Pratchett is correct on the subject. Which of course he is.

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Suddenly the US government is all against encryption. Now they've been caught (like deer in the high beams) (and implicating the rest of the Famous Five -and by extension- every other government raping everyone's privacy like it ain't no thang) it's damage limitation time.

I have a message from the proletariat...who the fuck do you think you are to legislate yourselves the right to read my private fucking emails? Fuck you; the horse you rode in on; and the entire legislative apparatus that gives you the tissue-thin excuse to empower yourselves by raping information.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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"Feed our face-recognition database".

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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ASP. Nope.

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Swiss wildlife park serves up furry residents to visitors

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Re: "restrictions should be slapped on the numbers of births in the park."

I was wondering that too. I would have thought that it was a bit dicey trying to get a condom on a bear at the appropriate time (and you'd have to do it for them...no opposable thumbs + big claws so self-service isn't really an option).

El Reg should follow up on this and give Ruth Widmer a call asking for suggestions for how to implement the idea. I bet the answer would be something along the lines of "That's your problem, I just set policy" or some other -heh- buck passing.

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New EU data chief: 'We share common targets with the United States'

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Re: Suspend safe harbour now..

What the actual fuck? Do you know what you're proposing? And how much it would cost? Not to mention the political ramifications

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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SPF is pretty handy too - seriously cuts down on people using legitimate email addresses to spoof as the 'from' address.

There's a generator here:

http://www.spfwizard.net/

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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If the various agencies had acted within the law and with due process in the first place they wouldn't be having this problem now. No sympathy whatsoever.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: Moron moiety!

Bit harsh, don't you think? Calling someone a moron because they copied' n'pasted statistics you don't agree with?

Also, anyone who is wanting to deduct suicides from the US figures should also deduct suicides from the UK figures. (SPOILER: It's most of them). Go on, look it up.

At least you spelled 'moron' right, so kudos for that, I suppose.

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Firearm-related death rate per 100,000 population per year:

United Kingdom 0.25 (2010)

United States 10.30 (2011)

....different years, I know, but gives you the general idea.

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EFF: Cops' spyware for parents is insecure – and a fat waste of money

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"Suffolk County Sheriff Vincent DeMarco has bought 43,000 copies of the software and distributed it to his constituents. Totally coincidentally, the firm selling it has contributed nine times to his reelection campaign."

Would that not be fraud; and possibly money laundering, to name but two?

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

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Re: Who cares about Emma Watson?

" the threat was fake and was made with the intention of getting 4chan shut down. Does anyone care about that victim?

Dunno if victim would be quite the right word for it. Rantic's site got taken out on Friday; and more sanctions will probably be forthcoming.

http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/chan-attacks-socialvevo-and-ranticcom-the-group-behind-the-emma-watson-countdown/story-fnjwnj25-1227073194752

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Putin tells Google, Twitter, Facebook: Have a vodka and censorship on the rocks

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All 3 are advertising driven and all 3 could live without Russia. Dunno what the political repercussions would be if the 3 companies called Russia's bluff and shut them off though. Russia is bluffing or massively drunk.

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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The EmmaYouAreNext.com URL now redirects to rantic.com; where it's explained that it was a publicity stunt with the aim of shutting down 4chan and also an open letter to the POTUS saying:

"" We have been hired by celebrity publicists to bring this disgusting issue to attention. The recent 4chan celebrity nude leaks in the past 2 months have been an invasion of privacy and is also clear indication that the internet NEEDS to be censored. Every Facebook like, share & Twitter mention will count as a social signature -- and will be one step closer to shutting down www.4chan.org. "

Sincerely,

Rantic.com

If anything will get 4chan to agree on a single issue; then that's probably it. I reposted it so that rantic didn't get the clicks and to save a little effort.

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Apple iPhone 6 Plus: GORGEOUS FAT pixel density - but it's WASTED

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....unless you use a fractal upscaler, specifically designed for the purpose as described above.

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If you upscale directly; you're just making the pixels bigger...that's OK up to a point; but if you're not upscaling by a whole number then the half-pixels can look messy.

If you upscale past the desired result; then downscale to the desired size then you are (can be) ironing out some of the jaggies at the cost of some overall blurring. The downscaling bit hides some of the errors created by upscaling.

It's difficult to explain; but if you can be arsed to try an experiment then try this:

1) Take an image. Enlarge it x5 in your favourite graphics program. Save the image as an example of direct upscaling.

2) Take the same original image and upscale it 15x with Smilla Enlarger:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/imageenlarger/

....then downscale it 3x using your favourite graphics program

3) Compare the images. The directly upscaled image should be blockier; and the up-then-downscaled image should be sharper overall; but with a slight hint of blurriness.

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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I think 4chan would be daft to try it, even if the photos do exist and they do have them. Emma Watson's UN gig means that she'll have access to a lot of well connected and motivated lawyer mates.

Secondly, Ms. Watson doesn't seem to me to be the type to hide, sobbing, behind a publicist if photos are published. It would definitely be lighting the blue touchpaper; and I don't think seven proxies would be enough, somehow.

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Freshly uploaded EU digi-Czar is CLUELESS ON TECH but it's no big deal, says Steelie Neelie

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Spose a 'tech czar' who does know what the hell he's doing could be dangerous in the right circumstances.

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

Can the rest of us secede from Westminster too? Big wall and you have most of the biggest arsehats in the country contained. Job done.

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Google recommends pronounceable passwords

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Re: We *love* password managers..

Depends on your usage requirements really. Cloud-based is risky; triply so if you're trusting some other bugger's code and encryption.

On the other hand, by maximising entropy and letting a computer remember it for you; you're minimising to virtually zero brute-force and guessing attacks.

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First Microsoft and now Google calling for easier passwords. Are the spy agencies having problems easily raping our private data or something?

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Jony Ive: Apple iWatch will SCREW UP Switzerland's economy

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I have a watch so that I still know what time it is, even if the batteries on everything else are dead. Replacing that with another battery burner that has to be recharged all the time would entirely negate the point.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Given what a huge expensive clusterfuck government IT projects tend to be, I'm not convinced that tying banking details in there is a good idea. And that's not even considering outfits like the DVLC who have been flogging off private information to anyone with a chequebook.

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WordPress 4.0 is here, complete with one-click upgrade process

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The new expanding edit box is going to come in handy. Not especially fussed about the rest of the improvements though.

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CNN 'tech analyst' on NAKED CELEBS: WHO IS this mystery '4chan' PERSON?

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Re: Think of the children... or not.

"...abstinence is the only answer"

Not really. It's just a normal human activity; and like any other activity there are risks involved. It's relatively new, however, and the risks may not be that obvious to anyone not in the technology game. And the risks go way, way up when you're a young, attractive high-profile celebrity because there's more people who want to see you naked...a certain percentage of whom are going to be amoral with the necessary skills to ninja your phone. Get beyond a certain level of famous, and the result is pretty well inevitable unless you take countermeasures.

Also, a big reason to take these photos in the first place is to send them to other people; which is doubling the risk. You're not only trusting their integrity; but their IT knowledge and personal security too. Plus the integrity of everyone who could get hold of the transmission.

The choices are: i) Don't do it; ii) Put the effort in and learn what you're doing; or iii) Live with the results. Given that the people involved were young and in varying stages of love/drunkenness, the second option is the least likely to happen.

I don't think anyone's career is going to be harmed by this. The response has been mostly sympathetic.

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The BNP can rip off your works for ‘parodies’ – but only if it's not racist

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So what happens if you're satirising sexism by pretending to be outrageously sexist? Or racist by being racist? Or any other -ist?

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South Korea's top wireless carrier builds Internet of Eels

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Re: Nice reference, Mr Lecter.

Has to run back to the farm...that's the Achille's eel in the scheme.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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Re: you are beautyfull

Why thank you; but I need planning permission before posting nudes..

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Re: Polaroids FTW

Dunno about polaroids; but it would certainly be a reasonable precaution to move photos you don't want to escape off internet-facing gear and onto a non-connected USB drive if you have any sort of public status.

Ricky Gervais caught a lot of flak for tweeting "well don't have nudes on your phone" then, or some such; but I agree with him to the extent that accepting some megacorporation's bland assurances of "yeah it's secure" is a mistake.

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Re: What's a jlaw?

Jennifer Lawrence. The actress who was in the Hunger Games.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

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Re: What pleb uses Opera 12 still?

Well in my case, it's the sort of pleb who believes the "You have the latest version of Opera" prompt after I ask it to check for updates.

Also, when I go to opera.com and hit the 'help and support' link (I was looking to see what developments have developed before committing to anything; now that I know there's a new one), it's just help for v12.

Only difference I can see is they've done away with the separate search bar; which doesn't make me happy.

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RIP MSN Messenger, kthxbai. Microsoft finally flicks on KILL SWITCH in China

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I tried that - not working for me for some reason. Should have thought to post the link though. Upvote for your superior organisation skills.

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MS also killed SkypKit recently, thus stuffing all those people running multi-im-network clients like Trillian. There are workarounds; but they all involve running a full-fat copy of Skype in the background.

The real problem is that Skype is like bloody Word in that you have to use it (or at least maintain some sort of compatible presence) because everyone else is using it.

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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Notice how these cunts are always talking about other people's privacy and not their own.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Re: someone else's program

Going to go a bit further along this line of thought:

"Do you agree with what I'm seeing here? The prospects are endless and Siri/Cortana/Google whatever should become the speech recognition app interface abstraction layer. We will still need app functions but they will be hidden away behind the smart personal assistant (SPA).

I don't agree. It depends upon how much of yourself you are willing to sell for personal convenience. The well can and will be poisoned if you trust a corporation (or any business/company/whatever).

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Problem is, Siri is someone else's program, running on someone else's computer and primarily for someone else's benefit at the end of the day.

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Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case

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He doesn't seem to have been very good at cybersecurity for a 'czar'.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Quality journalism; you know you can count on El Reg for proper news. Can we have more vultures in tiny hats for the next article please?

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Two Godwins before the comments have even started. Could this be a record?

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Best shot: Coffee - how do you brew?

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Judging by the comments above, I'm firmly in the barbarian class. Russell Hobbs 14899 Platinum Grind and Brew Coffee Maker Machine and expresso beans from Lidl. Good coffee and minimal messing around. Maintenance costs aren't too bad either.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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Are we going to be factoring in friendly fire?

I'm thinking human military (USA! USA!); vampires feeling peckish and/or dynastic; and zombies who will walk right over their brethren when counfounded by -for example- a kerb.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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I watched it to fact check, simple as that. To compare what I observe with what's being shovelled at us via the media.

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Re: ISIS

Muslim != Terrorist extremist psychopath

All Muslims? Seriously? It's "thinking" like that that just creates more terrorists. Just as not every Christian goes on cinema rampages with an AK47; and not every Buddhist sets themselves/monasteries alight; not all Muslims are psychopaths.

If you treat all Muslims like they're going to break out into jihad and dodgy raps at any second, you're going to create resentment and -in the end- create the conditions to create more terrorists.

The vast majority of Muslims just want to be left alone to get on with things, same as the vast majority of everybody else.

Neither of your choices are actually choices. The truth -as ever- lies somewhere between the two extremes.

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Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state

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That is disgusting. What are these people on?

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Good point well made. And, to complete the thought, the gov couldn't put any empasis on any foreign-ness they noticed because it would make things distinctly more uncomfortable at home.

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