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'Unicorn' captured in remote Laos mountain forests

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Unfortunately the locals don't respect flora and fauna

Most of the recent revelations of new/rare species are being made by foreign scientists and biologists in Southeast Asia. The local population are more pragmatic - is it good for eating or on the end of a chain for tourists to gawk at?

VietNam's wilder jungles have revealed rare monkey species, heretofore unknown frogs, snakes and plants. There are German research groups permanently based in Ha Long Bay.

Laos, being about 30 years behind VietNam in development , also suffers from near war-like conditions between the Laos military and the indigenous H'Mong tribes, many of whom have been forced to live a nomadic life in the forests. See: < http://c.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000qrUDnpQSM2Q/s >, < http://www.spkhousing.com/Images/HmongResistanceCamp.jpg >. There some pictures of extreme violence but most people have trouble viewing them.

Hopefully the next time a rare saola is seen the Laotians will get the experts involved first, which risks military antagonism..

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Nokia’s new CEO needs to change the message

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New CEO should dump baggage and strike a new path!

Where are most of the successful smartphone manufacturers based? (Asia) What is a major component common to their cultures? (Losing 'face') What else in common do the smarthone manufacturers have in common? (They are not too proud to use either their own or Third Party OS)

Let's consider automotive purchases. The manufacturer or the style often come first in deciding a sale, then accessories, fuel type and maybe engine technology.

IMO, Nokia's new path should be to abandon the Intel IDF initiative; adopt Android OS and continue with Sybian OR Meego. Nokia knows RF (no Death Grips) hardware and human interfaces which would put them in a position to bang out new models with minimum tinkering with the OS yet maintaining Nokia 'characteristics'.

The Asians have proved their is no loss of pride in using their own in-house OS as well as Android. No one will knock Nokia for this. This also allows Nokia to maintain the Nokia name in hardware and the human interface.

Adopting Android OS would provide access to the Google App store solving the immediate 'accessories' challenge whilst developers could continue efforts for Apps using the alternate Nokia OS.

This would place Nokia firmly in the winning camp: HTC, LG and Samsung. RIM and Apple could continue along their chosen paths, both of which are or soon will be facing falling market share.

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Apple, Google may end wage-capping case

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Would anyone seriously want to hire ...

the Apple RF engineers or the QC types involved in the Lemon 4 fiasco? Their software guys are a little slow, too, seeing how Apple can be unlocked in a few minutes after release of an OS designed to lock the system up, again.

The Google and Apple cultures are way different: one open and the other paranoid and secretive.

The best guys to hire would be the hackers.

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The iPad is killing laptop sales

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Besy Buy denies accuracy of press reports

So I guess that's the end of this story/

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Pope makes central London no-go zone for BT engineers

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This guy isn't even a head of a real state: I rhought Henry 8th booted them out?

What's with this special treatment for this paedophile condoning old reprobate?

The Vatican, on a 10 acre patch of downtown Rome, came about because Mussolini, who was an avowed atheist, wanted to become dictator, which would not be possible without the assistance of the powerful fascists who were Catholic. Pius XI was in a good position to prevent the fascists seizing power.so he commanded that priests not support the Catholic Party in an election. In effect this pope repudiated the Catholic Party.

Mussolini formed a government on October 28, 1922. A deal was cut. The Catholic Church would support the Fascist Party. In return Mussolini would restore the ancient privileges of the Catholic Church. On February 21, 1923, a cardinal said Mussolini "had been chosen to save the nation and restore her fortune."

Mussolini signed the Lateran Treaty in 1929 which made Vatican City a separate, independent state, recognized Catholicism as the state-sponsored religion, and gave the Church 750 million lire in compensation for the Vatican's loss of sovereignty.

A UN judge argues that the Catholic Church is the only religion permitted under international law to claim the privileges of statehood and its leaders immunity from civil or criminal action. See: < http://www.theage.com.au/world/treat-vatican-as-a-rogue-state-says-qc-20100908-1518j.html >.

This interruption to London's life is like Tesco's putting on a parade for Waitrose given that official church is the C of E. Britain is kowtowing to a Fascist creation against whose principle Britain lost thousands of lives fighting.

And whose gong to pick up the costs of £1.5 million for thousands of Plods to protect this guy who is riding around in a armoured car because he is so popular!

I think Britain's priorities are a little mixed up. It's bad enough losing InterNet, what happens if the electricity goes down, a gas or water pipe leaks? Wait seven days?

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Microsoft takes Oracle side in Google Java-phone attack

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Sour Grapes or Counting the Chicks before they hatch?

Microsoft, by any measure, has lost the momentum it had with portable intelligent devices and is obviously using every thing it can dream up to disrupt any competitor sales. Android is a winner which is more than MS can claim for it's mobile applications.

Prejudging any court decision is a fools game. Microsoft should know, it has been found to have stolen other entities I.P. including the name "Internet Explorer", hard drive software and, famously, XML.

If MS was smart, Bulmer would tell this guy to shut up. He'll lose enough 'face' when he has to pay the Canadian company for the stolen software. At least Google wrote the software in dispute, MS just plagiarised their software.

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HP reported close to naming Hurd successor

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Hiring and old HP hand might well solve the morals and morale problems

Messrs. Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard (Bill and Dave to employees) were fair dealers and ran HP in a similar manner. 1978 Bill retired as CEO and continued as vice chairman of the HP board of directors until 1987. Dave retired in 1993.

Under their Flex Time program, HP employees can begin work at any time during a two-hour period and leave after completing an eight-hour work day. The purpose, as explained by Bill, is "to gain more time for family leisure, conduct personal business, avoid traffic jams or to satisfy other individual needs." How many companies think of family now?

It seems since HP started hiring 'outsiders' they forgot the principles of "The HP Way" which were trust and respect for individuals; focus on a high level of achievement and contribution; conducting business with uncompromising integrity; achieving common objectives through teamwork and encouraging flexibility and innovation.

Hopefully someone hired from within HP will remember these goals out of respect for the founders and remove the tarnish from the reputation of HP that started with Carly Fiorina.

Did you know Steve Wozniak, Apple co-founder, originally designed the Apple I computer while working at HP? Small world!

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MI5 chief: Cyber spying 'relatively straightforward' to beat

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If he's so good, better go and show the Americans how it is done!

It's statements like this particular idiot is credited with that drives those very talented hackers - just to prove he's wrong/

Gloating like that is so dumb he will likely regret it.

Just to think the nations security is in the hands like this troll. Time to immigrate.

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Laptop potato scammers turn to onions

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This sounds like the Thai jewellery scam!

Fools and suckers are enticed into buying unmounted, cut jewels - with a 'guaranteed value,' with a money back guarantee - that are sold sealed in tough, transparent, plastic containers. The only condition is that seal not be broken.

The catch is that no purchaser can get an assessment of the value without breaking the seal at which time they are 'worthless'.

Tip: Never buy any jewellery in Thailand, nor anything from Duty Free!

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Orange customers squeezed out of Facebook

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Just imagine the increase in productivity or all those ...

lost sould not knowing where anyone is.

Just like the old, pre-Facebook, days.

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Man gets 6 years for laundering $2.5m from phony credit cards

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$2,500,000/6 years - not too shabby

Although he won't get time off, if it was a federal conviction, this works out to be around $41,666 tax free a year.

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Intel confirms HDCP copy-protection crack

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Will industry never learn?

Salary men just work for money: the people who hack things are motivated by personal commitment. They will win every time!

Next challenge?

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Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

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Independent nuclear deterrent

The UK should opt for the cheaper alternative subs armed with nuclear Tomahawks. Why invest all that money if the U.S.A. can object to their use. Remember the Falklands where the U.S. objected to some of the content relayed through their satellites.

Besides, just who is the enemy? I suspect China heads the list - they have got a little more pushy in the East China Sea where a number of bordering countries claim interest the Spratly Islands but China is claiming the whole damn sea.

China also gets really horny with alleged border/sea limit incursions as many fishers have been shot and killed.

The oceans might get kind of crowded, too, given all the countries getting their own status symbol submarine fleets.

And where would UK submarines be based? Long way to sail to China.

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Apple said to prep iPad news sub service

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All the news, or all the news that fits Jobs morals?

Jobs might be trying to foist only the news that passes his censors. What happens if some derogatory news about Apple, such as another Lemon 4, happens along - does his censorious ways win out?

Do the words murder, rape or incest pass his filter?

I think I'd trust my Fish and Chips wrapper before anything passed through Apple.

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Basketball megastar accused of phone hacking

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"neither is trying to hide computer evidence by throwing a laptop into a lake."

One of my offices basements was flooded for three weeks, thanks to a tardy water mains repair, yet we were able to recover 100% of the data from the server hard drives.

Obviously his female IT expert employee didn't have much smarts if she expected the data to be destroyed after time in the lake.

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South African police hunt Twittering speedcam spy

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At last, a real useful application for a social network!

Great application for Twitter: now Plod will be checking cell phone use at road blocks!

Good for PigSpotter (PlodSpotter in the UK).

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eBay boss outbids everyone in election spending

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Americans go for appearance: ever seen this candidates face?

She should have invested in a face lift and visited a hair stylist.

Thank heaven not all the best financed campaigns are successful.

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A quarter of Americans using mobile apps

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Some Apps lose their novelty

Just how many times can you use an App that emulates flatulence or female mammary gland movement?

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Craigslist: no plans to revive adult ads in US

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So why not set up RedLightUSA.com or RedLightUSA.Co.UK ...

and then host it outside the USA, out of reach of these State Attorneys who are breaching the Constitutional rights pf Craigs List?

Or would the UK government even deport Brits for this?

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Google sued by ex-iPhone location outfit

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Share the loot, Google

This action seems to be another 'share the loot' where a company is trying to skim some cream from Google.

Using Motorola's boss as a witness could be risky since all he has to say it never happened. Unlikely Google would that dumb, legally.

This WiFi scanning technique could, depending on the Apps configuration, cost users a lot of paid-for traffic as data is sent back. And when does this scanning occur - continuously or when a particular handset is searching for location data, at the users command, only?

If there are millions of dollars in this type of App, how come they are not paying the freight for this back-haul data? My company employees travel widely in less frequented areas which could likely make data collected through handsets more valuable than data from higher densely populated areas.

Maybe we should sue for our split, too?

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The State judges will likely be more Plaintiff friendly given they are often elected by the public and are more sensitive to their constituents needs. On the other hand, federal judges hold their job for life.

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An HTC named Desire. OK, two HTCs...

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The HD has an aluminium "unibody"

Might just be tough enough for my use - looks like the unibody does what it's supposed to do, protect the goodies inside, as opposed to being just a piece of bling which kills the phone when gripped.

The other good thing about HTC is the fact they bring out totally different form factors rather than tweaking the same old tired box as some competitors do.

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Mozambique blocked rioters' texts

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Many countries restrict cell usage at various times - use WiFi VOIP instead

Whenever G20, 7 or whatever is in town you will find cell service is reduced/cancelled or delays in text transmissions are arranged. Obama, when mobile in his rolling dog and pony parade, should you have a spectrum analyser, you will see that an electronic wide-band 'cloud' follows him around from one of the black SUV's. They can 'notch' the signal permitting certain frequencies such as Plod, fire, etc, to operate.

Apparently the Secret Service, and the Canadian RCMP, expect UID's - excitable fellows they are.- to brighten their days. Russia and China often cut service..

Obviously, if you are participating in these fracas, go buy some Icom (and Chinese made) field tunable 2-way radios and set them up near to Plod frequencies and you'll have good comms.

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Vue denies cinema phone ban plan

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Given todays movies ...

it's hardly worth the bother.

Besides, as soon as the DVD is out it's available for download by Bitorrent.

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Linus Torvalds outs himself as US citizen

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Citizenship has it's limitations

I am happy to hear you escaped your birthplace, but my point is that citizenship benefits, in the U.S., are not what they are made out to be, but getting the ticket has business/tax benefits. Nothing wrong with that, America is business.

After 20 years of being what to told what to do must develop a mindset that is necessary for military order - don't think about an order, just do it. And I understand rah-rah and flag worship goes along with military service.

Citizenship is a two-way street: obligations and privileges. Citizenship by birth should be inviolate - both ways - whereas naturalisation (immigration) is conditional - citizens by birth don't have to swear allegiance, delayed pioneers have to.

I travel widely and know that there are places with some better features than those of the U.S. of A. When those citizens were deprived of their property and effectively jailed because of their ancestry the then government broke the covenant ALL those born in the US are ENTITLED to by virtue of The Constitution. This was governmental racism.

If you can't depend on your country, what is there to protect you?

P.S. I carry a U.S. passport.

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Not many countries OK killing their cirizens ...

without trial.

The U.S. has and the orders are currently in effect.

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For business and tax reasons, of course

Since he's living in the country he might as well go the whole hog as it makes life a little less complicated.

Of course, many of the Japanese interned during WW2 were actually born in the U.S. and having citizenship didn't do them much good.

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Girl, 3, buys iPad apps, using mum's credit card

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Should be easy enough

If they want to offer up a credit card number they should omit the last two digits of the card which would have to be completed by the iPhan, thereby reducing the chance of accidental purchases.

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Steve Jobs no ninja, says Apple

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"skills in mind manipulation, sowing confusion, concealment and ruthlessness"

Maybe this why the Japanese could out manoeuvre Jobs and have replace all those bad batteries recently whilst the rest of the world accepts his claim that there is no problem.

BTW, Lemon 4 has officially become OK in the last couple of days with coloured bands of rubber being cancelled and nothing being done to fix the problems which leaves iPhans in exactly the same situation as existed before "AntennaGate" and effectively have been abandoned by Apple. Not to worry, maybe white ones soon and less than a year to Version 5.

Ninja at work?

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FSFE calls on governments to stop pushing Adobe Reader

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Best Viewed using ...

There is little difference in the principle of recommending a web site be viewed using some old browser - some still recommend IE6, which likely such a web site contains dated material.

What web sites recommend is really their business but a link pointing to a free reader should be sufficient, even if the freebie is from Adobe.

An alternative would be to provide a Google link that searches for freebies.

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Mozilla puts brakes on auto Firefox updates

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Firefox Beta 4 ....!

Our office likes to participate in Beta testing to support the hard work by browser authors who don't charge for their work.

Beta 4 is so buggy we have had to stop using it ... it was costing us production time.

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Google dismisses engineer who violated privacy policy

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Good to know Google runs a tight ship BUT ....

it would have created more confidence in it's handling had the news come from Google itself rather through a delayed report in the technical press.

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Zuck buffs image ahead of Facebook movie

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He's gone one better than ...

Jobs, which is surprising as he has got to be at least a bigger prick than this guy.

P.S. What's Facebook?

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Dell readies flip-screen tablet-cum-netbook

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A Panasonic or Fujitsu knockoff

Both Panasonic and Fujitsu have products in this format. The Fujitsu was called the iPad, before Jobs copied the name and had to buy the rights.

I'd rather buy a Panasonic or Fujitsu than Dell - better quality and more experience in the format.

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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

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There goes another patent

Jobs must be kicking himself. At one cent per transaction ...

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ID fraudsters sell stolen Aus house

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Not in Ontario

This couldn't happen in Ontario, Canada as married couples have to both participate in all transactions, even if there is a single name on the property title.

It came about since on occasion, one spouse abandoning the marriage would load the property up with a mortgage, realise the value in cash, then abandon the other spouse and the property.

Therefore, both spouses with ILA (independent legal advice - separate lawyers) have to participate.

I have two questions: (a) Why does the original owner lose ownership as he received no money; (b) Why weren't the funds frozen in the Chinese account?

Give it to the Nigerians to find holes in a system. Guess Australia will review it's procedures.

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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

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You answered your own question

Because he is a narcissistic TWIT!

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School worker jailed for abuse images

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Guilty of having graphics files, not paedophilia

Another conviction under a stupid law. He was a support worker and no doubt had little, in any, interaction with children.

Pity "The equipment set-up contained within his bedroom would put many professional IT systems to shame" didn't include TrueCrypt.

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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

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VOA is no BBC International

VOA is stultifying, boring, broadcasting by committee. It is only bettered by the commercial religious transmissions for power wastage.

These religious types are running 500,000 watt transmitters in the AM band in the Philippines to China and VietNam where the most popular receivers are FM! Same with VOA, except they use shortwave.

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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

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"... will benefit OUR creative economy by some £200m per year ..." Huh?

When they claim: "We expect the measures will benefit OUR creative economy by some £200m per year ..." are they actually doing it to help British artists and companies OR continue to collect damages for America business?

Let other countries do their own thing and not use British procedures to shaft the British public.

Of course, the new ACTA Trade Agreement, designed to help Hollywood, remains under wraps although some information can be seen here: < http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/ >. This Trade Agreement will no doubt come into play along with this new tribunal.

It is essential to ensure that 'evidence' be of the highest calibre and not some mouthpiece 'expert' financed by the U.S. record industry trotting out the party line.

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Craigslist to tell Congress why it cut adult ads

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Craigslist behaved responsibly

IMO, Craigslist behaved responsibly in trying to isolate the controversial advertisements.

The real problem is that present incumbents holding office seek some controversy on which to base their next election drive. This includes some judges, in the U.S.A.

These incumbents ignore more scattered targets both on the InterNet and in other media as Craigslist provides an easy target.

Of course, the Washington politicians are more interested in constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

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Crypto weakness leaves online banking apps open to attack

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Naturally the customers will get to pay for the banks weaknesses

The banks continue, mistakenly, to think very highly of their on-line systems security but when it comes to undoing fraud they get offensive and accuse their clients of various misdeeds.

My bank has part of the solution. I was able, using a branch terminal, to adjust my profile do the countries my Debit Card will work in, together with disabling the ability to transfer money other than to my other accounts.

I always use portable-versions of software so the risk of using public computers is minimised. I also only transfer cash from my main account to the ATM account minutes before I access the money. It is a pity that smart-phone Apps have not been developed by banks as additional verification would be possible.

The last technique I use to identify my withdrawals is NOT use round numbers, such as GBP1000, instead I would withdraw GBP990, habitually, whereas fraud artists usually go for the highest amounts.

Another weakness are the 'independent' ATM's - I always use a bank ATM after making sure it has no suspicious attachments to the card slot or the face of the machine.

Until banks accept they are not infallible they remain part of the fraud equation.

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Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

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The military know this and target them for recruiting

I noticed advertisements posted by the Canadian armed forces were targeting joystick games players to use some of the more modern equipment.

The Arizona-based desk-jockey pilots who fly the Pakistan drones knocking off unsavoury characters were also selected on their joystick skills.

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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

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Why are government contracts confidential?

In many countries the whole tendering, opening and awarding process is open including Canada and the States.

Government contracts awarded for routine supplies are published and this allows suppliers not listed to get on a bidding list which increases the competition and, often, decreases costs.

Therefore the British government should adopt these practices so that the Cameron Heinz 57 government can achieve it's fiscal goals.

The Blair/Brown government's seemingly cosy relationships with suppliers no doubt cost British taxpayers plenty although undoubtedly providing a source of funds during elections or jobs following parliamentary retirement for politicians involved in these transactions.

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Naturist club objects to erection of five storey tower block

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I am going to set up a star-gazing telescope shop

Everyone in the new high-rise overlooking the sun worshipper club should take up astrology.

I think I will set up a stand as soon as people move in. Come to think of it, sales might not be so great as likely the first two floors won't see much, which would reduce my potential profits by two-filths. Mmmmm

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Ex-IBM heir apparent gets six months in the slammer

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A sad end to his career because of greed

One thing will likely never change in businesspeople all over the world….Greed!

It seems to be a key element in their psyche. Recently a bunch if them have come a cropper - Madoff, Wall Street entrepreneurs, Ebbers, the 'victims' of Nigerian 419 scams, Clemens and Woods in sports, the list is endless.

Greed (from the Latin: avaritia) is an alternative expression of avarice or covetousness, is a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of power, status and wealth. For those of the Christian faith, one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Moffat will be but a footnote in the history of technology. Now he will have the time to slow down and smell the roses.

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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Sorry, Beak, What I buy, I own

Apart from not being subject to U.S. law, whatever I buy, I own.

Nothing on my software says I am renting it, a principle I understand as I have rented vehicles and tools. The transaction is recorded on a form entitled Rental Agreement. The terms of the rental agreement usually state the longer I use whatever is the subject of the Rental Agreement will cost me.

When I give money over for software I get a receipt, there is no rental agreement. In fact the receipt I get for handing over money for software is no more different, other than the figures, for a bar of chocolate or a book. Therefore it must be a sale.

This is why I would never buy a Lemon 4 (or 3 or 2) as Job's gives me the impression he is actually only lending me the device as I don't have total control over it.

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IP address-tracing software breached data protection law

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Judges getting smarter.

Looks like this Swiss judge is on the ball and understands the nitty-gritty detail.

Good for him (her?)

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Celeb pics row shows ACPO in frame for shake-up

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IBM sees £50m sliced from fingerprinting deal

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Correction: This is reaching disturbing levels

all UK passport renewals IN CANADA will be handled in the U.S.A.

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Windows malware dwarfs other viral threats

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Facebook doesn't need any Trojans! (They do it themselves)

Given the lousy record of privacy protection from Facebook, it is obvious Trojan writers can save themselves time by concentrating on other social networks.

Although Facebook holds first place, many other websites need to tighten their security and make sure their server software is fully patched to current updates.

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