* Posts by Andrew Jones 2

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Government embarks on futile mission to censor teen music vid viewing

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And presumably the independent artists that are being encouraged to provide their music videos to gain a rating are being offered this service completely free of charge? No.... http://www.bbfc.co.uk/industry-services/customer-news/2015-tariff-changes?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bbfc%2Fcustomernews+%28BBFC+Customer+news%29&utm_content=FeedBurner I somehow doubt it will be..... It looks like it will probably cost £22 for the submission + £2.75 per minute which will be rounded up to 5 minutes if the submission is shorter.

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Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue

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Out of interest - has a company managed to (successfully) trademark a hashtag yet? Surely it's something some silly company will try before long?

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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I must have read or at least interpreted the article differently to everyone else. My understanding from the article wasn't that BT were going to shut down down the copper network the day after OFCOM agree to BT's request - but rather they would phase it out over the next 10 years - and the reason for the request is because OFCOM won't provide BT with the opportunity to make this request again - for another 10 years - by which time the telecoms landscape might look very different. For a start off the top of my head - if voice traffic is VoIP - there is no need for the copper to connect to the exchange - so the phone line would only need to run to the nearest Fibre cabinet and there would be no need for the interlink between POTS to the exchange and Fibre any more.

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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.....waits for the next article where Germany realises that the only possible way to make this work logically - is if the entire world was on German time - and hence starts insisting that the rest of the world switch to German time...... it's not as if the idea of ruling the world is a foreign concept to Germany after all......

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News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards, say 'ooman rights beaks

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I thought the existing law was that provided that a website never removed or edited comments, they were not deemed to be the "publisher" ??

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British banks consider emoji as password replacement

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The problem I see with this is we all whether we are concious of it or not - choose something that forms a pattern. The chances are that the emoji picked will form a story in users brain. It would be interesting for a study to be done with a large number of people - where the emoji picked are recorded - and then find out how many of the full library of available emoji are actually picked as the starting emoji, you could then find out how many real possible combinations there are after the starting emoji.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Use EnPass, has full syncing, has apps for multiple platforms, has no account on a 3rd party server - instead opting to let you control your own data and do syncing via whatever cloud backup provider you prefer - I use Google Drive. The data is obviously encrypted with your master password before being transferred.

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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Far too many questions.....

I'm not sure even the rather drastic action of simply ceasing operations in France would make any difference, after all the information is already not available (without additional effort) to people in France - simply removing Google from France would still mean the information is available outside of France - which is what France is arguing. However I have to take the attitude of others on this matter - that removing linking to the information is absurd - the information itself is what should be removed. For example - take this example -

What if someone Tweets about someone (say Ryan Giggs) doing something bad, that tweet is successfully removed from search engines worldwide. Now 5 years in the future - someone comes across the tweet on a social network - say maybe via something like Timehop. Someone posts about it on a blog which is indexed by search engines, and that information becomes public again.

Who gets sued? Does Google get sued for infringing? It's not the same information that was originally deindexed - though it is about the same information. Does the owner of the blog get sued for posting about information that is now considered taboo? Does Twitter get sued for not deleting the tweet - even though they were never asked to? Does the social network get sued for not deleting the original post which links to the information that has been delisted? Does Timehop get sued for pointing to a post that points to information that has been delisted?

How does a normal member of the public know what they are no longer allowed to post about? Maybe we need a database of all URLS that have been successfully removed from global search engines - and for handy convenience maybe the search engines could index it - so we could easily find out if something we want to post about - has been subject to deindexing.......

Does the right to be forgotten law carry any legal action for the person(s) who originally published the information? eg - is there anything legally preventing someone (bearing in mind the law doesn't require the person(s) to be informed about the request) from reposting an article that has been delisted again with a new URL? If not - is there anything stopping someone from re-publishing that information over and over and over again everytime they notice the latest copy has been delisted?

A lot of these questions are answerable by simply removing the original source - though the last points still stand. The only things by law you are (currently) forbidden from posting online or offline - are things which are proven to be libellous - regardless of how much damage - financial or otherwise the posting of that information causes -- unless an injunction, super injunction, massively overreaching hyper injunction or equivalent is involved - though I don't believe ANY of these are currently global, and only apply in the country and/or specific region in which they occur?

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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I don't understand why people concoct all these bizarre scenarios - in the same way that Google will never actually sell your data to advertisers - because that's what makes them money, Google are also not going to be passing video footage of you on to anyone else because again - as soon as there is the slightest suspicion that something like that is going on - people will dump Google like a hot stone.

Pretty much the same argument exists for Android - if people legitimately started reporting they were being served ads for something they were talking about to someone else over the phone - or even just with the phone (in standby) in the same room - an investigation would happen and people would start ditching Google - even before the results of the investigation was complete.

I'm surely not the only one who has common sense when it comes to this?

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Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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I was originally quite happy with the Modern Skype - and then I started to realise that I wasn't getting messages as soon as they were sent - the delay averages around 10-15 minutes. Once I switched back to the modern app all the delayed messages would come through and then when I went back to the desktop they would continue coming through for about 5 minutes and then start becoming delayed again. I had to give up and install desktop Skype.

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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This is the main reason I won't touch any Home Automation product that has the ability to be controlled from a website or uses the web for the logic for timers and stuff.

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Re: Report of Silverlight's death is an exaggeration

Um...... Netflix as of 2 or 3 months ago was still using Netflix.......

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Windows 10 upgrade ADWARE forces its way on to Windows 7 and 8.1

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Re: Free*

According to the Microsoft forum, there will be an ISO available - there are A LOT of people wanting to know if it will be possible to do a fresh install instead of an upgrade. The Community support people say that the details haven't been released yet. We assume you will be able to upgrade your existing product key to a Windows 10 product key. It would certainly be preferable for me to a fresh install, upgrades might go smoothly but there are always cases where software and or drivers - interfere with the process..

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Re: I'm confused

Presumably he only started believing (or perhaps Mary told him to pretend so as not to spoil her 'virgin' lie) when he was the age of 6.....

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Bank: Without software mojo, Android OEMs are doomed to 'implode'

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Sorry, but I have to call bollocks here.

Samsung came up with KNOX for the enterprise market - and I'm pretty sure you will find that phones were shipping with KNOX (consumers hated it). Samsung created Touchwiz for Android - it has a bit of a mixed reception if we are being honest. HTC created Sense for it's phones - and generally it was quite well received.

I don't know what the "solution" to the "problem" is supposed to be - either - you allow OEMS to put stuff on top of Android - so that OS updates can continue to be timely, or you let OEMS tinker with the main workings of Android - ensuring that OS updates are NOT timely, security updates are NOT timely and certain apps might not actually work as expected or at all.

Or - the OEMS huddle up together and release something based on Android - fine OK, but you have a number of issues here the big one being - they are in business to make money, if they all make something the same - where is the thing that differentiates them? If they all make something different - what is the difference to what they have going on with Google? If they make something different enough that it goes right to the core of how Android works - you come back to the issue of Timely updates - both general and security.

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Google I/O FORTRESS: Sold-out dev conference is in LOCKDOWN

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The fact that generally attendees to Google IO receive more than the cost of the ticket back in developer SWAG seems to of escaped your attention.

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That EVIL TEXT that will CRASH your iPhone: We pop the hood

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Not totally convinced that providing a handy place to grab the text so anyone can send it to all their iPhone owning friends was the best idea in the world. It only works if it is formatted correctly across multiple lines, so reproducing the text on a single line would have been a better option (IMHO of course)

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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“On browser, desktop and mobile the folks who make the operating systems for those environments, as well as things like browsers, have an interest in tightening those things down and allowing fewer third-party things to run,” he added.

No.... they have an interest in cutting down the amount of security risks. It's not that long ago that it seemed like every week we were being told to update the Java VM as an urgent because some new exploit was discovered.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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This would explain Google's ridiculously over complicated password recovery system then.

A friend was trying to remember her password and we eventually opted for the account recovery thing.

An email address we can contact you on.

What is the last Password you remember

When did create your account MM/YY

When can you remember last using your account MM/YY

Secret Question & Answer

When did you last use:

Google Mail MM/YY

Hangouts MM/YY

Google+ MM/YY

Wallet MM/YY

OK it only wanted approximate dates - but still - I went through that 6 times - before we finally recovered her account!

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Google DOG WHISTLING fails to send URLs across the room

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Re: Google Tone temporarily stores a URL on Google’s servers

URL length doesn't seem to change the duration of the tones - so I'd assume the URL is first shortened (hence stored on a server) and then the shortened URL is converted to tones.

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Re: Full circle?

I personally would have no problem if the sounds of the ZX Spectrum loading became something I would normally hear in daily life - just as long - as it didn't last 20 minutes at a time, accompanied by an expletive and a cry that "it got to 99% and just stopped!"

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Re: @Andrew Jones 2

And if you had read the article that was published in the early hours of the morning - you would know that the article has since been changed as the original article claimed that Google were going to be annoying dogs across the land by using dog-whistle type tones to send URLs from one machine to multiple machines. This wasn't true - because Google decided against it.

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Actually if you read the press release again - you will find that they EXPERIMENTED with high frequency tones and found them to not be very reliable because laptop microphones weren't designed for that frequency range and some speakers had trouble generating the sound. So they ended up using tones in the human range of hearing - since computer speakers and microphones are designed for that frequency range. Hence when you install the extension and press the tone button - you can hear the noise it makes and animals aren't bothered by it at all.

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Re: The one problem...

Had a look at the user manual on their website for the Bluetooth speaker as an example. No mention of being able to protect the device from other people pairing to it, no pairing pin at all in fact.

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Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: "over 50% of the vote"

It was actually 49.73% it's really not that difficult to add up the total votes cast and then work out the percentage.

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Tesla's battery put in the shade by current and cheaper kit

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Did these people not even bother to read the press kit? The 10kW battery is designed for BACKUP ONLY and specifically says that it is optimised for WEEKLY charging - the 7.5kW battery is designed for DAILY charging. The comparison to the generator is laughable - because it's running off fuel - why even bother - that's like saying Solar panels are prohibitively expensive and it would be cheaper to run from a generator - well guess what - it would be even cheaper just not to bother with renewable energy at all and just take your electricity from the grid.....

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Analogue modems allow UNSTOPPABLE Android attack ... at 13bps

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My Nexus 4 doesn't allow access to the cellular voice stream - older Android used to be able to access the voice stream but you will find that pretty much every app in the play store designed to let you record the audio stream really only works if you have a rooted phone or if the manufacturer hasn't blocked access to the audio stream. Stock Android doesn't allow this.

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Android tool catches apps silently pumping hundreds of ad, tracking servers red-handed

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It's worth noting though - that because privacy and tracking are specifically being categorised here - the vast majority of these URLS are likely to be Analytics - about how the app is used, what are the most frequently access sections etc etc - all valuable data for an app builder - that doesn't necessarily tell them who you are. Of course the alternative is to not have any app tracking going on, and people will simply uninstall the app because "it's crap", leave negative reviews on the Play Store without actually leaving a detailed description of how the app could be improved and the developer will be left in the dark trying different things to attempt to make the app better - but without knowing what is actually wrong with it - and almost no-one will bother to actually write an email to the developer offering constructive criticism.

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Tesla Powerwall: not much cheaper and also a bit wimpier than existing batteries

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Dear El Reg - read the specs again - it's 2kW continuous with a "Peak Power: 3.3 kW" read the presskit http://www.teslamotors.com/presskit/teslaenergy

Further it's all very well talking about existing technology potentially being cheaper - but the whole point of getting away from lead acid batteries is because a) you need a dedicated room to put them in and b) they give off hydrogen when charging - leading to a potentially explosive situation.

As for your off-the-grid comments - did you watch the presentation? It's pretty clear he means developing countries could use it to live off the grid - the sorts of places that don't know what an AC unit is or a dishwasher.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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OK - so a quick question here.

I was aware that the watch checks periodically (roughly every 10 minutes I believe) for a pulse to a) record it and b) confirm it is still being worn. If skin-ink causes this process to fail - then I have to assume that the issue with all the current Android Wear watches - sweat will also cause it to fail. Does this therefore mean that everytime your wrist gets a bit sweaty the watch will need you to input your passcode?

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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It won't let me upgrade which is really annoying - I'm stuck with a bug that is apparently not uncommon - https://plus.google.com/+AndrewJonesMcGuire/posts/brwsn2MmPgh - it says it temporarily needs 0.00MB to install and there is more than 8GB free, I even tried adding a second virtual hard drive but nope - it just won't install.

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Google whacks CREEPY predictive search up to 11 in cheap Chrome OS beta

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Re: Good to see Google offering a choice as always

Pretty sure...... the privacy-invading part is actually in the Google Cloud where it ties everything you do or ever have done on any Google property anyway into a sort of database. The bit on the Chromebook / Android device / iOS Device simply returns information from the database.

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Facebook hopes devs will 'Like' how mobile SDKs, Graph API have scrubbed up

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But.... they are utterly incapable of making their F8 site work. For a while the Opening Keynote video was available to watch, but wouldn't actually play - and the Error Console was complaining about a referencing error with indexOf. Now the video and any other video is unavailable, the only thing that actually works/worked on their site was their live stream.

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Half of Android devices open to silent hijack

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Potentially open to attack......

While half might be running a version of Android that is vulnerable - half certainly haven't enabled the option to allow installs outside the Play Store.

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Facebook to fling open Messenger to third party apps – report

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But.... isn't Messenger / Facebook chat just using the XMPP protocol - and is in fact open to ANYONE to use? EDIT: Nevermind https://developers.facebook.com/docs/chat

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Blighty's 12-sided quid to feature schoolboy's posterior

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Dodecaquid - I really hope that catches on!

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Panda antivirus labels itself as malware, then borks EVERYTHING

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What happened to the thing where Windows had copies of it's system files and if they went missing or were altered in somewhere, Windows was supposed to restore them from it's secure backup on boot? Did I dream that happening?

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Netflix: Look folks, it's net neutrality... HA, fooled you

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If you keep going down that road..... you could complain about every service.

So.... is it a good thing or a bad thing that Netflix have a cache server at TalkTalk so when I stream Netflix - I'm not actually going outside of TalkTalk's network and thus get really fast data transfer with no buffering? Surely in terms of Net Neutrality - this gives Netflix an unfair advantage? Whereas for me - it's the difference between being able to watch Netflix at any time of the day or night - while BBC iPlayer is restricted to only being usable without 10 seconds of buffering every 30 seconds - between the hours of 1am and 6am. If one were to keep going down this road - one could complain that (purely a hypothetical example) Amazon Instant Video might have a better peering agreement than HBO and therefore HBO are at a disadvantage to Amazon.

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I see what you've done, there, twiiter.com: Tweet troops tackle tech twin

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Chrome says:

The site ahead contains malware

Attackers currently on twiiter.com might attempt to install dangerous programmes on your computer that steal or delete your information (for example, photos, passwords, messages and credit cards).

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Some phones don't have removable batteries - they do however have press and hold power button for 8-10 seconds. The Malware can't override that.......

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French minister: Hit Netflix, Google, Apple et al with bandwidth tax

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I can never understand this attitude that people come up with - oh let's charge them because they are providing content that has already been paid for twice, but let's charge them again anyway.

Netflix pays for bandwidth via however it gets content onto the public internet and the customer pays for the same bandwidth in order to consume that content. To then add another tax on top because Netflix are using bandwidth they have already paid to use - just makes no sense.

If we start taxing any company that dares to use bandwidth they have already paid for, we'll be watching more and more services shutting shop and there won't be any 'next big thing' being unleashed on the world.

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NERDS KICK PUPPY 'bot in brutal attack

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OK, I want one!

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Interesting to note that once people started talking about legal action here - the page on the AudioQuest very quickly started returning 404 for the product :) Says a lot about their faith in being able to stand behind their claims......

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I'm tempted to report this company - because the science they use in the Audio world is bad enough - but how they could possibly claim Ethernet is directional, is beyond me - regardless of what data it is that's travelling down the cable - an ack needs to be sent back for every packet - making it bi-directional? Surely this falls foul of the trade descriptions act?!

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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The bit that always annoys me about all of this -

why isn't there an easy (AND FREE) way to verify you are registered to vote.

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Wheeee! BT preps for FIVE HUNDRED MEGABIT broadband trial

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Those of us who live in rural areas are awaiting the results of this trial with hope. According to the Digital Scotland website our exchange is expected to be upgraded between July 2015 and December 2015.... which would be great - but we all connect directly to the exchange. The only hope any of us have is this trial which a few months ago was being called Fibre to the Drop Point and now suddenly has a different name. BT clearly are not going to install street cabinets and re-route 300-400 phone lines. So FTTdp is our next best hope.

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Titsup Twitter: We've swatted the bug that caused the outage

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And because Twitter refuse to just use industry standard and well tested 2FA and instead opted to create their own, which requires at least one device to be signed into your account - guess what happened when ALL devices got signed out? I've managed to get 2 accounts signed back in using the backup code, but my 3rd account - is refusing the backup code, and Twitter says that they have sent a login notification to my device (which was signed out) and now I can't get in. Dear Twitter, just use OTP like everyone else!!

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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If the hotels get permission to boot people off a network that the hotel doesn't own, thereby breaking the computer misuse act (or it's equivalent) - then I see no reason for hotels to complain if some people decide to return the favour - and continuously boot all hotel customers off the hotel network. I also see no reason why the mobile phone companies can't sue the hotels - since as a paying customer of my mobile network, including the ability to tether, then the hotels are interfering with a service I am paying for.

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EU Google-bashing is making us look really bad, say Google bashers

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There is a surprise.....

Competing search companies get nervous when Europe starts talking about separating search from the rest of business. Who didn't see that coming?

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Cloud computing?

No, I've been asking the same thing. Apparently we dipped our toe in the water last year but I can't say I heard anything about Black Friday last year. This year - I saw ASDA advertising it - and wasn't surprised because Walmart - but then all of a sudden everyone was advertising it - even Pets at Home are advertising Black Friday deals...... A little research however shows that apparently we aren't the only country to suddenly embrace Black Friday....

It still seems odd to me though - especially how they skipped importing Thanksgiving - wouldn't you think the supermarkets would want to jump into that one?

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