* Posts by Richard Jones 1

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O2 sales dip 9% as tight-fisted Brits cling to their old handsets

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Two Years?

My phone is almost into double digits, has a battery that 'only' lasts a couple of days but otherwise does exactly what I need. So far I have failed to find anything that will do what I need to replace its easy familiarity and task specific performance, hint, it does not have a touch screen, which I do not want anyway. Current phones are great for some people but not for all.

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EU waves antitrust claims in Google's face, snarls 'You want some?'

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Re: Are comparison sites still rubbish?

Comparison sites are the modern digital equivalent of plague pits.

Can I please have something powerful enough to banish them for ever? I have never found anyone on a comparison site who was even stocking things that are remotely related to what I was seeking.

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Kids’ shoes seller Start-rite suspends sales following breach

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Shoed along

I can see you buckled down and laced up your response very well.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Re: of course

Sadly precedent does show a few problems. In WWI when gas was used it had a slightly annoying problem of blowing back on the attacking forces who had fired the damned stuff.

In other cases the high level of adrenalin in the suspect required very high concentrations of the gas so could be lethal anyway.

How do you control wind and other air movements?

How do you arrange for the delivery system to be available right now?

It is hard to know the required level in good conditions, how big was the space, what would the required concentration of gas be?

There was talk of him have built home produced bombs, a vest remains viable with the suspect intoxicated and probably more dangerous to spontaneous firing.

It is easy to be an armchair speculator, it is harder to do what is needed.

If people want to bend anything to create a martyr they will, it is the 'internet way' these days.

Remember what he achieved, a huge increase in distrust; does that make him a real martyr in your eyes?

How many more black Americans will now be killed because they might be another version of him?

Was he deranged? Possibly, should he have been helped earlier? Possibly, Had he not only crossed lines, but smashed them to bits a different outcome might have possible.

As it is he is just another sad suicide by cop case.

Did he help the cause which promoted the march?

I leave you to answer that one and keep my own private council.

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ITU okays another TV spec

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Go On Thrill Me

Does it also require an improvement in the dire selection of programmes currently on offer?

Otherwise who the hell cares?

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Singapore Airlines 777 catches fire after engine alarm

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Re: A close call?

I can only suggest that airflow at 300 plus MPH kept the fire and heat away from anything too vital. Returning to base also burned off and/or dumped fuel to make a landing easier. I do not know the facilities at other fields but perhaps the problem appeared more minor and the facilities at Changi were judged better.

Smiling face because everyone survived. I not sure about their luggage.

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Re: camera phones

It was not clear why they did not deploy the slides, everyone was held on board while the emergency crews were scrambled and foam was deployed to kill the fire.

I can only guess the authorities did not want a repeat of another situation when passengers were evacuated via slides only to mill round, or worse lie on the grass and get killed or injured by the emergency vehicles rushing across the grass and hard surfaces..

The jet at Heathrow was close to the terminal in daylight, I guess its risk profile was different.

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Medicos could be world's best security bypassers, study finds

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Re: For Pete's sake

While I understand the theory, practice is often different. Cards DO fail, not good when you are one side of a door and doctor is the other. Never mind maybe someone will help them through, shame about your notes though. Still a replacement card should be available in 1~4 working days. Dangling gizmo things look so trendy in infection control areas. Proximity devices can be useful until they get lost, dropped, left in another jacket or so on. Sadly, one size fits all does not fit all and even more sadly not only are all people not the same neither are their jobs the same either. Not even everyone in the hospital has the same skill set or job description. There is still a lot wrong with the management and control of most hospitals but treating all roles with the same pat 'treatment' is not the answer. Human and job role factors must be considered. Should task and access 'tokens' ever leave the site or should the site have improved methods of issue and management?

Too many questions for those outside to have a hope of answering, too many questions for those on the inside to have time to generate easy answers.

I use a proximity fob system at home so I am well aware that they can be useful, I used a card system at work, so I am also painfully aware of failure rates.

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Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces

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I Am Not Alone

I see others have like me, a decreasing interest in Maplin. They used to have interesting kit and parts but now it appears that more and more they have last generation products at next generation prices, with doubtful quality. Often they out price PC World, the wrong way making them a distress and distressing choice for only if you are really stuck on a late Saturday afternoon.

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US watchdog lobs balls of red tape at spy-in-the-sky drones

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Re: Written by a lawyer not a computer programmer

Government rules are usually written by lawyers since they should, (might perhaps) get the legally water tight wording somewhere near right, well sadly they don't ensure success and many amateur rule writers don't always do such a perfect job either. I agree that what legal people lack in clarity they make up for in obfuscation.

Your 'hobby' activity is enjoyment of your drone, your 'business' appears to be tree growing.

However I am fairly certain that flying your own (amateur) drone under 400 feet and not doing so for payment does not count as a business drone operator. It may well be best not to pay yourself for drone operation and, if you really want to make a point, fly only when you are 'off the clock'.

Or are you thinking you should be Tree Scanning Drones For Hire Inc? Given the circumstances that might not be a great idea.

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Apple pollutes data about you to protect your privacy. But it might not be enough

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@ igel 11@ inmypjs

The live sheep shipments were incinerated during the battles with the French farmers over live sheep exports into markets that wanted them. It was some years back and you might have better luck seeking items about live sheep exports, (if you are one of us who allow ourselves to use Google). If you use other inferior search engines good luck.

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@ Camilla Smythe Re: @ inmypjs

I guess your snide pygmy intellect silliness was to show your infinite inferiority complex but hey ho all to the good I guess.

No I do not use Google mail though I know others who do I use Google as such for searches, do Google mail do product searches for their customers? Or is that only in the limitless dark corners of your convoluted mind?

I do have an e-mail account that is often compromised by the utter stupidity of so called organisations who have no understanding of BCC when send mails perhaps you are in that group? Your lawyer contact clearly was.

I applaud your defence of inmypjs alias asshole, perhaps your's and their joint efforts to degrade debate represent the crude state of society for which you jointly aim.

So while you grovel about in the chicken dirt of your lives have fun.

Clearly if you were not so up yourself you might have realised I clear cookies after searches using Google via a PC browser.

I trust miss whatever you have now learned something, crude and stupid language is pointless and self demeaning I assume you are as well.

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Re: as Apple hasn’t been on reliant on digital advertising

Do apple still punt their entirely stupid beacon thing?

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Re: Sick and tired

Does Google map thing replace an A to Z? I avoid cities the way some might avoid plague pits, in my mind they are essentially the same, though cesspit fits better with some locations.

Odd that no one has mentioned that stupid Beacon rubbish thing that Apple were punting.

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@ inmypjs

With a well presented point(?) like yours I equate your post with worthless.

It tells me and possibly others, a great more about you than about anything else. If you do not like a product, company, country or whatever do not use those things. Since the French decided that incinerating live sheep was a good idea I have assumed their products were not worth buying so I avoid them, see no insults needed.

I use Google, it helps me find what I want better than any other search source. I am sensible and grown up enough to accept that they will expect some (cashless) payment in return. That relates to something called terms of trade, but hosting cookies from them or anyone else is a different matter that I manage somewhat closely.

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Re: The third way...

So my voice and text only phone achieves all of that without the hassle of turning crap on and off, how useful.

Frankly if I am using the mobile telephone it is for voice calls anyway. If I am using the internet it is at the end of a wire, which so called location services put at various points within a 70 mile circle of where I am. The touch phones I was given are now in the hands of my wife and daughter, neither of whom have the slightest interest in mobile data applications.

I don't allow Google cookies and flush all cookies several times a day.

Sadly I still get the crooks in various call centres trying to tell me I have been over charged by companies with whom I have never done business for products I never use, e.g. loans. Perhaps I should turn on some real data harvesting and clean them out? Nah, on second thoughts not worth the effort.

Why does anyone use antisocial web sites like backside book, then worry about personal data?

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When Capita job ads go BAD

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Or Hurt-ford-shire/shite, delete as needed.

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Robot lung probe wins licence from US authorities

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Bronchoscope Procedure -Can Be Interesting

Safe? Yes. Useful? Yes. since it found a deep seated lung infection resistant to some antibiotics. Interesting, well I had mine done without aesthetic, usual and without sedation, not usual but I had another appointment to go to.

The feeling of something wriggling about tickling inside is a different one that may, or may not catch on.

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Air-gapping SCADA systems won't help you, says man who knows

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Re: Air gapping won't help you because.....a non airgapped system is insecure

Something is either air gapped or connected, there is no half way measure. However, even if properly air gapped, some other means can be found to cause upset, was that apparently genuine e-mail asking for action really asking for the action that someone just reach across to a terminal to type in a commend, or even worse reached under the desk and connected two things together? Security does need to involve people, systems, processes and hardware.

The genie is out of the bottle now so should MMI be properly gated so that commands unsuited to the deployment in question cannot be allowed through however they are entered? That is to say buffer the control system behind one or more intelligent access control/filter points possibly with gating/isolation devices fronting any vital otherwise dumb and witless 'control devices'.

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Oracle to sue cloud sales 'whistleblower' for 'malicious prosecution'

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Re: umm

I wonder, does hope spring eternal?

I wonder how they usually wash their used smalls?

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Easy remote exploit drops for unpatchable power plant controller

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Put a Front End Processor In?

Do not connect the device to the net. either internet or Intranet. Connect this crappy thing to a front end processor which carries out the authorisation and checking before passing commands to the back end crap device.

Verify which is more cost effective first; a dedicated access control front end or a better designed piece of replacement controller hardware.

Then think about future design requirements for new procurements with a robust Request For Proposals and a 'bomb proof' Specification setting down a minimum lifetime support capability. Make design failures the responsibility of the junk man, sorry manufacturer to fix or replace the tat for its normal Specified lifetime.

That stuff is not normally consumer grade fluff that is junked when fashions change.

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Feds raid dental flaws dad

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When is a Flaw Not a Flaw

Was this an FBI mandated back door used for catching or unmasking deadly munchers?

I feel that the unreliability of the software needs further exposure so that people know that Patterson Dental and Eaglesoft are running and open house for dental information. Are there any rules on data confidentiality in the USA that would allow a customer, or even a worried person with dental issues to sue for worry and anxiety?

That should hush the matter up rather nicely... or on second thoughts, of well.

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Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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Iteresting idea

Now please can we have a version of the weapon for salespeople from fraudulent 'overseas' support sites please, really, really pretty please.

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Google deal means game over for mobile payments firm Softcard

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Re: So what exactly did Google buy that they didn't have before?

That pretty much mirrors my view on the whole saga. I have several NFC cards though I have yet to use any of them in NFC mode. They do have one huge advantage over a phone, there is no need for a battery that goes flat and several smaller advantages in that they are, well, smaller. They do one thing, make payments and I have never had a problem doing that with them. Having to pull out a phone from the safety of an inner pocket is a right palaver that would just slow things down for me. (The fact that I would first need to buy a suitable phone is a small, though undesirable complication.)

However, I guess it does expand 'choice' for those who need choice to go in that direction. I just wish that choice encompassed a little more of what I would find useful so I could benefit from a more recent phone with a fresher battery, rather than one that wants a cake for its tenth birthday..

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Troll seeks toll because iPhones work

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April the 1st again?

Since mobile phones existed well before these apparently dumb ass patents who allowed stupid to be patented? The Excel Pocket Phone was only slightly bigger than most modern phones, even if it did a bit less, though it was quite good for telephone calls back in the 1980s. It was not alone

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The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors

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Re @AC

I started with the 8086 running DOS and no internet at all. I built some forecasting models use Lotus 123, then we got hold of the 8088(?) twice as fast but doing much the same thing. I went through a whole herd of such machines, many with no HD and using sneakernet to collect process data for daily and weekly stats processing. The saving on paper printout per machine allowed them to replaced every 6 weeks. I never remember any of them every needing to be replaced..Then the 286 flew in, followed by the 386 and 486 and on and ever upwards, Now I am retired my i3 has been running fine for 6 years or so. My 2008 portable now runs Windows 10, though the only move it makes these days is from the bag to my desk for a weekly backup and to collect a few bits of data. When I can get a mobile phone with a 23 inch or bigger screen, a proper keyboard, no touch screen and a battery that last more than 5 minutes, 5 days would be nice, then Gartner, you can send me a postcard. Oh and this beast should fit into a shirt pocket and ensure hands free is a way of life, just like my existing phone.

So 8 year old portable; check.

So 6 year old desk PC;check

So 10 year old mobile; check

Yes all present and correct.

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

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Welcome Back Nokia IP

If they can produce a replacement for my 6230i I will be straight round to see if it has the one feature I need, the rest is horse feathers for me and only worth anything as a gift.

If it only churns out another lump of a smartphone then the 6230i will have to last a bit, no make that a lot longer.

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Catz: Google's Android hurt Oracle's Java business

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Could This be a New SCO?

It is sounding like a hopeless hollow case of the sort that makes such a rich vein for lawyer's to mine for income.

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Gov to pull plug on online ID verification portal Gateway in 2018

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Back to Pencil and Paper Then for Self Assessment?

Oh well roll on the good times, back to computer print outs or will it be pen and paper or pencil and paper? The better come up with something usable fairly quickly or something will go pear shaped. Will there be a period of either or or another fate-full full stop crash, cut over.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Nice to see that HMG have my best interests at heart (not)

I rather liked the response of someone I once knew when covered in cigarette smoke. She said

"OK I will tolerate your effluent from tobacco being sprayed over me, if you accept my effluent from drinking beer."

What is it with the e-thing posers with the desire to give their drug addiction a 'trendy' name.

Anyone for popcorn lung? Just check the list of flavourings in the liquid brew, it could be you next.

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Windows 10 build 14342: No more friendly Wi-Fi sharing

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Re: Good

WiFi Sense was always nonsense to me. It took boring work to disable its folly.

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Transfer techies at SWIFT tell Bangladesh Bank: Don't shift blame for $81m cyberheist

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Re: $10 second hand Router and no Firewall

The link made interesting and depressing reading. It is almost a believe or not account.

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French maverick sniffs around O2

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So Explain To me

O2 is owned by a foreign owner and is a tiny not very useful player. So having another different foreign owner will do what to build it into something worthwhile?

O2 needs scale not another absentee landlord or absentee owner. Three minnows with one being a struggling and apparently now failing Vodafone with crap service and falling revenues, sounds like a meagre fish supper for a decently scaled but probably still useless BT-EE combo shark.

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Siemens Healthcare struck by rebranding madness

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Re: If only... People wanted Heal Thinners

Why would any one want heal thinners? Surely a it is a finite market?

One mark deducted for bad spelling, it should have two 'n's and a space between heal and thinners.

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Microsoft: Why we tore handy Store block out of Windows 10 Pro PCs

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Re: Same old, same old.

The last time I looked at the Tumble Weed Park,aka Windows Store, (this morning) you had to pay for their apes, sorry apps. No account, with no credit card equalled no sale, that is just the way I will keep things. I looked just this morning or are those daft price tags there just for fun to improve the user experience and make them feel they were getting something for nothing, rather than getting nothing for a payment.

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Jailed hacker 'Guccifer' claims Hillary server gave him spillery

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Fox Fairy Stories

'Impossible to know if he was telling the truth' you say. Since when did the truth and some news outlets, especially Fox need to worry about whether anyone was telling the truth or if it was just a good story they wanted to hear?

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How to evade the NSA: OpSec guide for journalists also used by terrorists

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Re: How to avoid being spied on...

+By bye.

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Greenpeace leaks TTIP texts, reveals strained negotiations

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Re: Good old EU Or The French For Once?

It appears that the French are far from ecstatic about TTIP, perhaps it is time we were a bit less supine as well. They are threatening to bring the charade to a halt which just might be the best thing they have done in a long time.

Mind you Uncle Sam's massed lawyers salivating at robbing those pesky Europeans would not like it if it does go that way. So all strength to the French in this one.

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@SolidSquid

Was that a typing error, when they wrote 'draft', did they not mean daft?

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Re: Asymmetry

Agreed it has to be a two way process or nothing.

We have yet to agree to change our (UK at least) largely three wire standards with a three pin fused plug and nominal 230 volt appliances. Our wiring standards are very different to those of many places and do not suit the USA practices of central boards with current flow and imbalance breakers and ECLB, etc. serving direct feeds often to specific items. What they are really concerned about is being sued when, (not if) things go wrong. Since most of the stuff comes from China anyway, which bit of Chinese production are they concerned with? If the EU standards (a very big IF) resulted in lower running costs and higher safety than USA designs that would give EU managed devices a clear advertising edge. However I suspect that the desire is to shield their marketeers might limit the ability of EU based advertisers the right to complain about substandard US products.

As an example of the possible chaos, my bathroom installer is currently battling to provide a shaver socket that works and that is from a nominally EU compliant source, god help us if USA 'wiring codes', (are they even universal in the USA?) are added to the mix.

The biggest issue is likely to be a drugs war, where some US companies have 'interesting track records' over the products they produce and foist onto an unsuspecting public. They then try to suppress data on their effects. There is also a track record over other countries' production standards with at least one situation in a more or less stable state of dispute about quality and reliability.

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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One of the problems of high market share is that it can bring in high operating costs. So if you are churning 50 billion of whatever currency a fixed overhead of say 20 billion is rather less important. Should the churn-over drop, can the fixed overhead also show the same flexibility? In apple's case it probably does not make a whole difference since the margin is so high they would have time to adjust to falling markets. Financial markets hate uncertainty so they wobble as soon as look at you. So the marketplace for certain things is showing signs of being finite. Those who want them in the main have them. Those like me who are still wanting to know what the fuss was about still cannot find where the magic is hidden. Many of us would still be happy to settle for ten seconds of apple's cash flow, but we will see how the market evolution pans out.

The end of the world is certainly not due.

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US government tells Apple it has security problems that Apple fixed last year

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Re: doesn't intend to patch

Perhaps apple just want to compete more widely with Andriod?

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Net scum lock ancient Androids, force users to buy iTunes gift cards

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Re: That Ain't going to fly

Well it would be nice to think so but I have sever doubts that they would do the right thing. I can only hope you are right.

Sherlock because he got the crook.

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That Ain't going to fly

Quote '"In theory, it might be possible for Apple - or its iTunes gift card partners - to track who used the gift cards provided to the criminals, which may help investigators identify them."' End Quote

Would apple give up the ID of crooks? I do not see that happening any time; ever. They would want to protect their identity - and likely keep them as customers.

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Romania suffers Eurovision premature ejection

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Re: I wonder

Go on go ahead with that idea. Thousand would appreciate the improvements it could bring. Otherwise since we have to have it thrust down our throats oops sorry screened at us; broadcast it at 3 a.m. perhaps on the old BBC three space.

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Bypass the Windows AppLocker bouncer with a tweet-size command

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Re: Can we close that loophole?

If you need to ask you possibly don't have the skill or possibly the rights to do so. If that is not the case go ahead, if you are a drug dealer or some other assorted low life no doubt someone will give you away anyway. Money talks in criminal circles so watch any friends you thought you had.

Of course be aware that someone, (perhaps a dodgy friend?) might already have done this to you, better go and check your bank account via some other none PC route.

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Dutch PGP-encrypted comms network ‘abused by crooks’ is busted

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Re: Weapons are used by criminals!

Weapons are illegal to own in many countries; except the USA of course where the right to carry arms and get shot by your self device weapon, often by a family member is so very important.

I guess the wacky-backy folk will have to do something else now.

No doubt iApple would welcome the trade I would like to get excited about this non-story, where is the snoring icon when it is needed.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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Re: Very Sloppy Headline Writing

I guess that you refer to the risk of Comrade Corbyn?

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FBI's Tor pedo torpedoes torpedoed by United States judge

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Re: If they are able to install malware...

So you are you saying, if you visit dodgy websites (and let us all be clear it was a dodgy website) you have to be careful what you might catch?

Is there anyone on here or for that matter in much of the wider world who did not know that?

Worse still many more normal web sites also harbour very dodgy adverts that make ad suppressing software almost mandatory these days.

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The FBI Should say sorry

Please FBI, write a nice open letter to all of those traced under this arrangement. It should address the recipients in a nicely worded open letter through all major news outlets explaining that because of a legal 'misstep' they will not be prosecuted for their kiddie porn watching activities.

The FBI should also say that they are very sorry for not being able to proceed with further action at this time.

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