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Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, ALREADY OBSOLETE

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Re: Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Bride of Windows 8.1 Update

Son of Windows 8.1 Update

The Return of Windows 8.1 Update

Back to the Windows 8.1 Update

Windows 8.1 Update Revisited

The Night of the Living Windows 8.1 Update

Attack of the Windows 8.1 Update

Debbie Does Windows 8.1 Update

...lots of possibilities.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Re: Time to fess up

Paper hat in garlic?

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Spy-happy Condoleezza Rice joins Dropbox board as privacy adviser

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Re: Next appointment Dick Cheney

Couldn't do any worse than microsoft have been doing without his help.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: I don't get it..

supplemental:

Submitted here:

http://git.openssl.org/gitweb/?p=openssl.git;a=commit;h=4817504d069b4c5082161b02a22116ad75f822b1

(it was in another Reg story). Also, this obligatory link:

http://xkcd.com/1353/

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Re: I don't get it..

> Tin foul hat at the ready.....

You're meant to wear it on your head. That's the problem right there.

I share your paranoia; but this looks more like a slacker's foul up that nobody noticed rather than alphabet interference. Be interesting to see who submitted the code though, just in case.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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Meh. Wake me up when wall-o-vision is cheap enough to play with.

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Hesk is free and does the job, except for subtasks, I believe. LAMP app.

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123-reg shrugs off customer complaints over stealth domain transfer charges

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You could try Namecheap - their customer support is very good and I've never had a problem there in 6+ years...my own domains and several client domain collections.

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Back off, Siri! Microsoft debuts Halo beauty Cortana

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""Cortana is powered by Bing," Joe Belfiore, corporate VP of Microsoft's operating systems group, explained during the Wednesday Build keynote. "So she understands the entire internet. You could say she understands everything about the world."

This sentence makes me cross. It is not true; and that's just the start of where it's wrong.

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

Then you add more beer. Staying topped up is the key.

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Re: Air con - for the computers I hope!

> Water works better than beer.

Beer works fine if you use enough of it.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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So he stored his data on someone else's computer and was discombobulated when the rules changed?

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Re: *sigh*

It always was that time.

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Attempted power play. Poorly attempted.

Just add a line into sex ed:

"Porn is sex for the camera, not real life."

Then maybe point the kids here:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-5-parts-sex-porn-doesnt-prepare-you-for/

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YouTube follows Twitter onto Turkey's block list

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They ought to look up "Streisand Effect" before they pull the plug on the entire intenet

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Re: Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel

Have to check the weight limits, but you might be able to do it with one of those rubbish lorries with the hydraulics for emptying the bins automatically. Ram, lift and away; all in one vehicle. As a bonus, you wouldn't have to break into the ATMs...just switch the compactor on for a cycle or two. Hmmm.....

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Re: Sure it's easier than digging a tunnel

A forklift, a runup and a flatbed tuck is nearly art.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: All the world's knowledge

The skills needed for life are changing somewhat. When I were a lad, back in the late 17th century, a LOT of time was spent memorising facts - a thing which computers are much better at. This was necessary at the time to give context; but is far less necessary now, as those facts are available to pretty well everyone in the UK; pretty well all of the time. Time spent memorising dry lists of facts is -in a modern context- wasted. The time could be much more productively spent these days by teaching how to winnow out the facts you want; critical thinking; fact-checking and the like...as those skills can be applied to any set of facts anywhere about anything.

As an example a slightly more mature technology is calculators. As a direct result of their use in classrooms; where my education stopped, my kids blew past that aged 12 and spent the rest of the time doing interesting and rarefied stuff that makes my brain hurt. I probably do have an advantage in intuitive grasp of what the results should be for simple calculations; but my kids are way better at maths as a whole; at a deeper level than I will ever be.

Machines will be used for some things because they are better at it than us fleshies. Remembering stuff by rote is one of those things. Calculating is another. It's going to happen and the pace is probably going to accelerate. You're still going to have to teach the skills to drive those machines, however, and I can't see that changing for at least my lifetime.

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Re: All the world's knowledge

"Disclaimer: I am a teacher myself, and despite the wave of news articles suggesting it, I am pretty sure that my job cannot be effectively outsourced to the web. What I offer is not simply information, it is a personal journey to understanding for each of my students (at least, that is what I strive for).

Technology has a place in that journey. It's not a teacher-replacement (although it can be if the kid is bright/self-motivated enough or the teaching is poor quality and/or non-existent). There are still skills to be taught; like how to extract the nugget of information you need from a universe of facts; and how to weigh conflicting facts and opinions. If you feel threatened by that then you might not be the right guide for the journey. You need -if anything- to be more literate than previous generations have got away with to survive today.

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Improbable: YOU gave model Lily Cole £200k for her Impossible.com whimsy-site

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Maybe the money buys them a chunk and they're hoping for another twitter or WhatsApp. Meantime it's jobs for the boys and keeps a bunch of 'new media gurus' busy writing carefully-faked 'wish' posts and not out in the real world irritating everybody. What's not to like?

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The Reg's desert XP-ocalypse aversion plan revealed

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WInpatrol

SPybot S&D

Malwarebytes

Everything

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Cybercrook? Bent on mischief? WE'LL GET YOU, vow Facebook and pals

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Re: No, no and no again

A RBL for domain names is exactly what it is. I've never spammed anyone in my life and those blackhole lists have caused me no end of brain damage. I can no longer run a desktop mailserver (pretty well all domestic ISPs are blocked) so I now have to trust a 3rd party with the triple threat of extra step for something to break in; easier spook data-hoovering; and expense.

Plus when someone is spamming from a shared server they shut down the whole fucking lot. This has happened to my clients 3 times this year so far and it's only March.

While the net effect may be good; there's a whole lot of collateral damage.

Also, I'm not big on this validation stuff. The current setup is that they insist on proper information and then blackmail you for ½ the price of the domain not to publish it for everyone to see. The obvious solution to this is to cut out the middleman and lie glibly on the signup forms. That might be very slightly unethical but they started it.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: Streaming

Yeah, but lobbying and legally bludgeoning people into doing their job for them costs the rights-holders money so they *have* to claim some sort of success to report to the shareholders. Personally, I trust their figures about as far as I can spit a hedgehog.

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Hey, Glasshole: That cool app? It has turned you into a SPY DRONE

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My only surprise is that it wasn't already built-in and sending to Google

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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I would quite like one for a HUD book, so I could read in the pub and still know what's going on. Were I to actually do this, I'd probably have tape or a hard cover over the lens so people could see that I wasn't recording; just to save me the trouble of being randomly punched out by people as paranoid as I am.

I would also divorce the device from Google, if possible, or just not buy one if it isn't.

Of course the real problem is other people using it; almost certainly on the default "spaff all data widely" settings; so if you're in the recording, you are being sold to Google without your permission. I think a lot of people have a problem with this.

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Not everybody wants their video to go straight to google. I love the HUD idea; but would definitely want no leaking. Haemorrhaging data to an advertising company in another country is *NOT* where success lies.

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The Reg's guide to cursing in Mongolian

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Re: sorted alphabetically

I salute your efforts. My kit doesn't do Cyrillic either.

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Re: re: Does anyone actually care about the Michael Jackson fan demographic?

Well I was going to blame it on the good times, or possibly the moonlight; but I think you are correct, Mr AC.

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Re: sorted alphabetically

If only they hadn't posted the list in as graphics, I would already have done so, thanks for the facetious advice. Yeah OCR, but the characters are fairly small and mixed; plus I'm not sure I can be bothered.

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Heh. Spanish for fungus is "hongo". I'm gonna be calling people that all day. I have yet to find out what a panooch is. What a splendid list. I wish they'd sorted it alphabetically though.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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So they're after organised sysadmins who use social media then? Duly noted.

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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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Skipping over the sarcasm about shilling and the cloud in general. Rest assured, I'm feeling sarcastic, but that's been done already. A couple of useful tools are:

Axense Net Tools (free, but naggy)

http://www.axencesoftware.com/en/nettools

IntoDNS (free online DNS checker)

http://intodns.com/

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Google wearables: A solution looking for a rich nerd

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Re: without really thinking about the possibilities

Kind of rules out any offering from Google then. User control isn't their big strength; especially in the spaffing personal data area.

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FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

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Re: reading comprehension?

From the article:

"'Open data' is the term used to describe the UK government's initiative to ensure that data it holds is made available publically in a format which facilitates its re-use."

That suggests to me the avoidance of proprietary formats.

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Gmail data-mining lawsuits fail to get class action status

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Re: Like spam detection?

Spam filters are doing it for the user's benefit. Google are doing it for Google's benefit.

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WhatsApp founder: Privacy WON'T vanish under Facebook

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Utter bollocks. You don't cough up 19Bn for altruism. Zuck has a purpose in mind and seeing as his main biz is selling data then it doesn't take a genius to see what that purpose is.

Believing that the service will stay unchanged and that your data will remain secure is an act of world-class naiveté. The only way that statement can be true is if the service was already milking it's users as hard as possible; but then that would mean the main selling point (ie, won't sell you to advertisers) was a lie. I say again...bollocks.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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You're missing some of the story AC. The Beasties came to an agreement that none of their music would be used in advertisements. With one of the band now dead, that agreement is probably going to assume more importance in the minds of the surviving members; mixed as it is with bereavement. That bit is pure speculation, of course.

Possibly not knowing about this, the toy company used the music; but whether they knew or not, they still didn't ask permission.

The Beasties heard about this and sent them a (polite for Beasties) "cut it out" note.

The toy company replied with a lawsuit.

The Beasties countersued. And it looks like they won. I'm glad for them.

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

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Re: While THE PATRIOT Act exists he *would" say that.

Whether it's true or not, if he failed to take a (legal) action on something that was affecting the company's bottom line; then he'd be opening himself up to a sueball from the shareholders.

Lying glibly isn't illegal. Especially if you have orders requiring you to lie.

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In other words, one of the USAs biggest hardware-slingers is getting a spanking due to the NSAs shenanigans. Possibly time for some lobbying or something to bring them to heel? Even though IBM do have form with undue cooperation with temporal authorities *cough* 1940s census *cough*; the basic claim that they just punt kit out seems plausible enough. The bit I found interesting was this:

"IBM does not put “backdoors” in its products for the NSA or any other government agency, nor does IBM provide software source code or encryption keys to the NSA or any other government agency for the purpose of accessing client data."

Why the scare quotes round "backdoors"? Do they call them something else internally in IBM (NSA-holes would be my favourite). Could they technically not be called backdoors because they're always located on the top of the board?

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Scam emails tell people they have cancer to trick them into installing a money-stealing Trojan

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Re: 'I can't see this being very convincing'

@hollymcr - I know what phishing is. I was wondering if it was spear phishing. If the victims were pulled off a list of people who had had a recent blood test that would change the scenario from "Jesus, that's despicable" to "We need to nail these bastards right now"

If anyone who hadn't had a recent blood test received one it would be completely unconvincing, just like those ones with the wrong bank on them.

If you had had a blood test though, it would be a totally different matter. Wouldn't be too surprising if it caused a suicide or two.

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NHS leak? I can't see this being very convincing unless you've had a blood test recently.

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Punch and Judy face Blofeld in LOHAN doomsday box test

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Again with the pliers.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Re: NDA denies sending malware to "millions" of PC's

...or billions.

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He is a hypocrite...he attempts to tag and profile people who haven't signed up; who haven't agreed to any terms and who haven't used his service in any way, shape or form. His attempted data rape is different from the spooks only because he can't strong-arm his kit into choke points and threaten to throw people into prison for non-compliance.

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Bill Gates-backed SOLAR POO RAYGUN COMMODE unveiled

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+1 internet for "bottomnal briquette"

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Amazon wants me to WEAR NAPPIES?! But I'm a 40-something MAN

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You *SURE* you don't need nappies?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2012/02/16/how-target-figured-out-a-teen-girl-was-pregnant-before-her-father-did/

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Google's Drive SLASH, secret 'big upgrade': Coincidence? HARDLY

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I'd rather have the 1Tb local drive, thanks all the same.

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Ethical hacker backer hacked, warns of email ransack

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With administrative access to the email service provider, the hacker was able to compromise a small number of email accounts before the EC-Council security team was able to respond to the breach.

This doesn't sound very likely. Surely with admin access they would be able to get at all the accounts.

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MUM's WordPress recipe blog USED AS ZOMBIE in DDoS attacks

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Re: Bah!

Just logging in once every 3 months and pressing the 'Update' button will do...you don't have to devote your life or gird your loins or anything.

Plus if you use Softalicious, you get an email notification when WP updates. I always use Softalicious for one of my personal sites for this reason.

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