* Posts by Andrew Jones 2

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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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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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Amazon warming up 'cheapo web video' cannon to SINK Netflix

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Amazon might one day learn an important lesson - the reason Netflix is popular is because almost every device in existence enables you to watch Netflix. If Amazon started there - they might have a chance.

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Nexus 7 fandroids tell of salty taste after sucking on Google's Lollipop

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It's really just the N7 2012 that is affected, and it's not even really related to Lollipop. It's more likely people are starting to use their Nexus 7 again after the update to Lollipop because they want to see what it is like, but they appear to have forgotten how terrible the Nexus 7 2012 had become BEFORE the Lollipop update. I factory flashed Lollipop on to mine, and it wasn't terribly usable before the flash. The method of getting Lollipop onto the tablet whether via OTA or factory flash makes no difference, the problem of shitty NAND is hardware not software and one of the few things that helps (which of course a factory flash does anyway) is clear /cache which will bring the tablet back to life again for a few days.

It is worth noting - that the tablet does in fact run speedier between slowdowns - and in my experience the slowdowns thus far have been cause by heavier IO use, in particular - when updating or installing something via the Play Store - because ART uses more space than DALVIK did - the tablet spends a longer time writing to NAND and you might as well not bother touching the tablet while that process is ongoing.

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GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

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I'd imagine it probably is actually for the safesearch setting - the pfSense box we have in the internet cafe has the same issue - the only way to force safesearch to always be active at the moment is to force DNS for the Google domain to point to the nossl address. Otherwise pfSense cannot add the details that force the request to enforce safesearch.

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Countdown contestant pays homage to IT Crowd's Moss

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This might help - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsFAokXCxTI though in general typing Tnetennba into YouTube will get you the right result.

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Be Your Own Big Brother: Going to pot

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We could really do with knowing how long the batteries actually last in these things - especially the ones listed on page 1.

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Doctor Who trashing the TARDIS, Clara alone, useless UNIT – Death in Heaven

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Well, this isn't the first time we have a Cyberman go against it's programming because of emotion -

In Doomsday a cyberman/woman (Yvonne) goes against her programming - and disobeys orders - and a tear of oil leaks out of her eye. Potentially in both Danny and Yvonnes case - they were so determined NOT to be "upgraded" that they were able to interfere with the process.

However it still has not been explained - how exactly - the digital dead minds can "feel" what happens to their physical bodies - providing of course that wasn't just a lie.

Nor has it been explained what "missy" has to do with Clara being the impossible girl. It is explained why the Doctor and the current Clara were destined to meet - but not what that has to do with the previous 2 Clara's......

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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Re: illicit viewers?

"Back to vdr it is, then... They haven't yet worked out how to prevent us capturing the off-air signal, but I'm sure some "creative" is working on the idea at this moment..."

Well..... the HD channels on Freeview all have the copy protection flag set to on permanently so devices that play nice with the rules have been hampered already. My Panasonic freeview box will happily let me watch stuff it has recorded over the network, and by extension using something like MediaMonkey I can download said content. But it refuses to let me watch anything remotely that was recorded from a HD channel.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

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Hated it -

really was hoping the whole afterlife thing was going to turn out to be something gripping and new - but no - the usual enemies, now with huge holes in the plotline.

As for it's been done before:

The Library - conciousness' living in a computer.

The Bells of Saint John - uploading people to a data cloud.

Come on Moffatt - bring us something new!

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An 'embed' link isn't a new infringement, says EU Court of Justice

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But..... I'm pretty sure when you upload a video to YouTube - you can specifically choose not to allow it to be embedded.....

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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I see so really there is only one real solution to this problem then.....

If you have no way of being 100% certain that the product you are buying is all real and above board, then don't buy it. Thus - we should probably just never buy anything.

The proper way of dealing with this issue - would of been for FTDI to have issued the driver update right at the beginning when they discovered the first counterfeit devices. Instead they have waited 5+ years until the problem has gotten so far out of hand that there is no way for the average consumer to know if what they are buying is legit.

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Sorry but the people in here who are claiming changing a setting in the EEPROM is totally justified and reversible don't really seem to get the point.

Fake hardware or not - when a "normal" customer bought whatever kit it was from eBay or wherever - they more than likely did not know it was fake. They certainly don't have the knowledge of how to find a tool and go changing things in the EEPROM themselves. And as this article points out - even if you do change the setting back - it just flat out won't work with Windows - which is what the vast majority of people will be using. This is criminal damage - and is no different from writing a virus to kill another virus and then purposefully infecting peoples machines with it - which is also considered illegal.

If you are using Linux - this doesn't affect you - you more than likely know how to get hold of the tool and change the EEPROM setting - and you more than likely knew or at least suspected that the hardware might be a bit on the dodgy side.

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SKYPE has the HOTS for my NAKED WIFE

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Re: Webcams are vitaly important

Sure..... "a friend".....

We know what that means.....

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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So a privacy storm is going on - and they think the best way to handle that (knowing it is being very publicly reported too) is to stick their fingers in their ears and go "LA LA LA LA LA, I CAN'T HEAR YOU, LA LA LA LA LA"

Even Apple realises it has to make an attempt to quell people's fears - eventually.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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I'm not sure how this articles went from being about Apple to being about Google, especially since I've never seen Google advocating a software SIM for anything - nor can I understand why they would want to. Google's mission is simple - Google services everywhere, for everyone - being able to reject certain networks from the device makes absolutely no sense, from a user standpoint nor from a data collection standpoint on the Google end.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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It's also on O2 in the UK.

But clearly it's what we have all been crying out for -

first it's tablets with a data contract

now it's watches with a full blown phone contract.

Yup - just what I need 3 mobile contracts to pay for every month.

No thanks. WiFi Tablet, Android Wear will do me fine. Happy with just one mobile contract thanks all the same.

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