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MtGox remedy worse than the disease says Kaspersky researcher

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Re: Who the hell leaves their wallet without encryption?

You could write your password down or even your private key, but personally I would have to write my wife detailed instructions which I am sure a burglar could follow too. I am however inclined to rate burglars with more intelligence than they usually have - the last one posed for my security camera.

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Re: Who the hell leaves their wallet without encryption?

I obviously understand what you are saying, but there are a few good reasons. You might want to leave an unencrypted wallet as a canary to detect whether someone had planted something on your computer. If funds from the open wallet disappear you know you have to take immediate action to protect the other. Secondly, have you given any though to what happens to your wallet in the event of your death or a head trauma that causes you to forget your passwords? An unencrypted wallet in cold storage might be better for your family than a heavily encrypted one.

I read a lot of these stories about coins being stolen and I am very impressed with the level of skilled manipulation and hacks. I am on the fence about bitcoin banks, but when people are breaking through 2 factor security to get at wallets it is a little worrisome.

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Bitcoin or bust: MtGox files for bankruptcy protection

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Re: News just in

Transaction malleability is not a million miles away from credit derivative swaps though is it? Take something, call it something else, sell it on and leave the original holder with the bad debt.

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MtGox accepted new customers JUST DAYS before collapse

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Sinking boat

i understand all the schadenfreude surrounding MtGox and the feelings of superiority that even bitcoiners feel because they were too sensible to use it, but lets be clear - all the crypto exchanges are operating on very shaky ground.

There isn't a country in the world that has welcomed bitcoin and several look like being 2 steps away from outright bans. The US is using the same tactic it used against the poker sites and accusing everyone within reach of money laundering and scaring people into submission.

It is unsafe to leave large amounts online anywhere currently and pretty risky leaving it on a PC that is connected to the Internet. So other than not being able to use it safely, bitcoin is great.

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Russian cybercrooks shun real currencies, develop private altcoins

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'criminals don't trust Bitcoin'

Of all the damning things I have heard about Bitcoin this has to be one of the worst. It was a good run, but I think it is time to pack up and go home now.

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THOUSANDS of Tesco.com logins and passwords leaked online

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complexity

The data is well worth a quick skim through. Quite impressive how many people think disney and tigger are acceptable passwords. Stop it.

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parallel lives

I checked the data and just found out that someone who has the same name as me also has a dog with the same name as my dog. It took me 10 minutes to work out whether it was me and I had been drunkenly creating accounts or not.

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Samsung leaps out of volume PC game as UK market crashes

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Re: Surprised/Not Surprised....

I suspect most manufacturers were waiting to see if there would be a sudden surge of interest in new Windows PCs over Christmas and New Year. As this clearly failed to materialize now is the perfect time to shutter things up.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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As I recall probably incorrectly Woz championed putting iTunes on Windows when others at Apple thought the iPod would be best served by keeping it OS exclusive. That one decision setup Apple for the next decade.

I am also pretty sure Microsoft do support Linux on Azure.

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Apple ticks off trigger-happy Bitcoiners with App Store snub

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Re: Suck it, fanbois

Apple have just removed an app from the store, they are not deleting all copies of it. This isn't quite as bad as Amazon who actively erased books from people's kindles without warning. There's all sorts of things I would like on the app store including XBMC and the nudey ladies, but you pay your money and make your choice.

I don' understand all the violence though. Haven't they already given Apple their money. I would just jailbreak it, though I suppose the video of this would be less dramatic.

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BSkyB sees first half pre-tax profit tumble as sales climb

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Re: if only they would offer

I was paying £10 a month through the Sky HD sub last year just so I could get F1. This has been changed now and I think the only way to watch F1 is through a sports subscription or the £10 a race fee. Not good.

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Altcoins will DESTROY the IT industry and spawn an infosec NIGHTMARE

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Re: Popular delusions and the madness of crowds

Please bear in mind that Mackay's book is extremely biased overall, uses a plagiarized account of the tulip bubble and the book itself was written to help pump up a bubble in railway stocks which Mackay was invested in. The best way to explain why railway stocks weren't a bubble was to discuss previous bubbles and why this time was apparently different.

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Cryptocurrencies now being pooped out by cartoon cat

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Re: Many coin, very whimsy

"I'm sticking with a pile of gold."

I might buy some gold when the price stops dropping. Maybe when it hits £300 oz.

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Using Sinofsky As A Scapegoat

I always thought that a major rewrite was one of the goals of Longhorn with WinFS, but ultimately they couldn't keep postponing the release and had to scrap the whole project.

In parallel universe Bill Gates was forced by this failure to leave Microsoft. He formed a new company where he rediscovered his passion for building software and developed WinFS into a fully functional OS. Microsoft ended up buying this company and Bill Gates returned as CEO, successfully incorporating WinFS into all future Windows releases to much acclaim and success.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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Re: Use strong, memorable passwords

You can always write your password locker password down on paper and keep it in a file. It is still more secure than reusing passwords or using memorable passwords.. If you get burgled, just change it.

If lastpassword of 1password get hacked and expose user details it is their entire business down the toilet, so I am inclined to believe them when they say that only you can expose your data. I still won't put everything in it, but you can also add a multi factor authenticator to beef up your login password.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Maybe they should buy Stardock?

It sounds like Windows 9 is just going to be Windows 8 with Start8 and ModernMix.

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Go on, buy Bitcoin. But DON'T say we didn't WARN YOU

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Re: Tulips !

I rather loathe the Tulip example. Most accounts are based on a single 1841 work by Charles Mackay which itself is based on propaganda. There is a growing body of research that says that far from being a widespread mania was just confined to a small group of bored rich gentlemen trying to distract themselves from the horrors of the plague. Other bubble examples may be more pertinent.

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Re: Too be fair

Keeping a couple of hundred bucks in a virtual digital wallet to pay for small stuff was exactly my intention when I started and I think was probably the intention of the inventor. Bitcoin is supposed to make small value items cheaper by removing the costs imposed by banks and credit card companies. I have never been convinced it works for larger transactions even when you have to pay a bank to transfer funds via a banker's draft or CHAPS payment. it definitely has a niche though.

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HALF of all Bitcoin-investing Winklevoss twins predict $400bn market for the currency

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Re: a crypto christmas

Just to clarify I wasn't talking about hacking a wallet. There are thousands and thousands of coins that were mined probably by a singular entity in the beginning that have remained untouched. Maybe he lost his wallets or passwords, but it seems unlikely.

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a crypto christmas

As a concept Bitcoin is great, but it does seem to provoke a lot of negativity which is a shame and may harm greater adoption and usage even if the volatility is greatly reduced in the future.

There is no question in my mind that crypto currency is here to stay. It has been tested by fire and remains unscathed. However, I believe that a newly branded crypto currency with real world corporate backing and shorter confirmations will soon be launched and go places that Bitcoin can't because of the perceived risk, fear and possibly even envy.

I enjoy the stories about Satoshi. There is a convincing case to be made that he is an NSA employee or even a Google employee project secretly launched, but whoever he is, he must have very wealthy backers. There are hundreds of millions of dollars in Bitcoins that have never been touched and I don't care how altruistic you are that is a lot of money.

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Calling all PSYCHICS and ball-gazers: Can YOU predict a Microsoft strategy?

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Mobile Office

Ignoring Android and iOS seems a little short sighted - I do wish they hadn't appealed against their anti-trust judgement all those years ago and Office and Windows were now separate companies.

People have been working on mobile versions of office tools since Symbian days and no one has really cracked it, but there are plenty of developers out there with fresh ideas. The clock is ticking.

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Apple will FAIL in corporate land 'because IT managers hate iPads'

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Re: We don't hate tablets

You may be surprised at the ways people can utilize new technology for all sorts of purposes you haven't thought about. Why not conduct a trial with some keen users to see what they can accomplish?

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Switch over

The last group I worked for had removed the Windows image from their machines and installed Ubuntu just so they could do their work without being hampered by the AD policies.

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Re: Spot On!

I am just imagining the horror of using Toad on a 10 inch screen. Let alone a Surface without a keyboard. Truly evil. You must hate the DBAs.

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New Bitcoin exchange launches in the UK

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Re: Multiple underground vaults

Both Apple and Google started in a Garage.

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Back to pounds

It will be excellent if this lets me transfer Bitcoin back into pounds easilly. I tend to use localbitcoin if I have to at the moment, but I have never got used to the high transfer costs individual buyers impose.

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SUPERSIZE ME: Nokia unveils Surface rival and 2 plumped-up phablets

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On that slight tangent, I do find Apple's approach here quite interesting. They are obviously aware that a large number of their tablets are used by children and sometimes really quite young children, yet they show no signs of doing anything that would make it easier for parents to either limit the time it can be used for or the content that can be accessed. I doubt I am wrong in thinking that their strategy is to get you to buy your children their own iPad with its own ID.

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ITU to Europe: One charger for all mobes good. One to rule them ALL? Better

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Standard for 6 months?

I think I said this last time, but it won't be long before Android tablets and phones start coming out with micro USB 3 sockets. You can still shove an older cable into the over sized ugly hole, but most of the time you are going to want the new cable because it charges faster. I would sooner see a wider adoption of wireless chargers and a common wireless standard in the EU.

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Apple iMac 27-inch 2013: An extra hundred quid for what exactly?

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time for the pro

I have been a bit critical of the Mac Pro, but as time has passed I have come to accept some of the wisdom behind their decisions. Hopefully we will find out how hilarious the price of this will be this month.

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Re: No USB3

I am confused by this. Both iMacs have four usb 3 ports.

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Re: Too big

I am surrounded on all sides by people with dual and triple monitor. I am no doubt in the minority again, but I find the ergonomics of one big screen to be preferable to two medium or even two large monitors. I quite fancy one of those ultra wide monitors though.

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Third of Brits now regularly fondling their slabs, say beancounters

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Re: We'll see the usual pattern ...

I tend to agree that in tablets more so than phones, Apple has a very distinct lead in the sheer quantity and quality of tablet apps. If you only plan to do web browsing then sure there isn't that much difference, but in every other area the iPad is ahead. Want to download some high quality education apps without ads, then get an iPad, want to experiment with music creation, productivity software, innovative games, get an iPad. Almost every tablet app comes out first on the iPad and sometimes months ahead of Android such as the recent iPlayer download function or never such as the Sky Sports app. I play around with an Android tablet every now and again, but it doesn't offer anything unique except it is not usually being used by somebody else.

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WHY didn't Microsoft buy RIM? Us business blokes would have queued for THAT phone

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Re: Windows Phone - it's great really!

For the phone to be taken seriously in any business context it really ought to be able to connect to a VPN. It is supposedly coming in 2014, but it hardly inspires confidence.

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WebOS

I feel similarly that had Microsoft wanted a decent mobile operating system several years ago they could have bought WebOS and started porting like crazy, but that would have involved admitting the awful truth about your own company's product.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it ... Win Phone 8? No, it's APPLE'S iOS 7

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Re: ipad review?

At 2 thumbs down I am going to have to reply to my own post. OSX daily, hardly the most Apple hating publication, are recommending people don't install iOS7 on iPad 2 or iPad 3 and seriously think before installing it on any iPad, but I am sure they are just making it up too.

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ipad review?

I wish some of these reviews would look at iOS7 on the iPad. By all accounts it suffers from some major problems, even the latest one, but it would be nice to see some independent verification of bugs and poor performance, ui features inconsistently applied on iPad 2 and 3, etc. The update crashed too frequently for me to find out yesterday, but now I think I will wait for 7.1.

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Google swaps out MySQL, moves to MariaDB

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Does Oracle care?

Maybe I am wrong, but I would have thought Oracle are extremely pleased by all these developments. They would have killed off MySQL a long time ago if they could have gotten away with it, but this splits the community and mitigates the risk that any large corporation is going to embed MySQL too deeply at the expense of their golden child.

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Psst.. Wanna Android all-in-one PC? We have the chip tech, says Intel

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Re: It sounds so nice

I honestly have never heard of TurboTax before, but I just checked and they have an iPad app, so nope I don't think I will need Windows for that either.

I am seriously tempted to take the noisy, ugly desktop down the recycling plant, but I would still like something with a keyboard. I just can't decide between a touchscreen and stick or an All in One Android.

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Startup claims 1W wireless charging at 10 metres

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Witricity

A company formed out of MIT research uses resonant magnetic coupling to achieve this. They have some cool demo videos and some cheap kit you can buy for a great science lesson if you are a teacher.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Razor thin margins - @AC

I have no evidence myself, but Storagezilla was talking about this on the podcast. Companies are buying up failed components cheaply and using software to try to paper over the flaws.

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Razor thin margins

It is unquestionably a good device and I am very pleased that such a popular tablet will have wireless charging (first one since the Touchpad). Once you have a wireless dock, I think people will see what an incredibly useful feature it is and it will become the standard.

Like the recent Reg podcast contributors though, I have my concerns about the quality of the components. This device is being sold with a tiny profit margin. Everything inside and not visible I believe, will have been sourced using the cheapest components available. Don’t expect this thing to run and run without issues.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: The Nestle Kit-Kat Chocolate is far too sweet

The Europeans are snobs about a lot of things including chocolate. I would love to put Belgian chocolatiers in a blind taste test with their British and American compatriots. It would be the Judgement of Paris in 1976 all over again. it's not like they can even claim to grow the bloody stuff though this time.

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Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

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Re: One thing I will expect

Under the Dome is also sponsored by Microsoft. The main kids love getting their Lumia's and Surface tablets out at strange moments. The other day the main boy was showing his girlfriend some photos on his tablet and attached the keyboard for absolutely no reason whatsoever.

I know there is a ton of Apple stuff in nearly every modern TV show, but it just always looks so forced when MS do it.

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Microsoft's Nokia plan: WHACK APPLE AND GOOGLE

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Re: You've all missed the point

As the Motorola acquisition showed, having patents is not the same thing as having a decent team of lawyers who can make money from them. Besides, I think all the big players are tired of these long running, money draining legal actions and have declared something of a ceasefire.

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Re: Give Nokia WP

Absolutely. Microsoft seem under the delusion that the reason Windows devices don't sell has something to do with the hardware, hence the development of the Surface brand and now this. They also seem to be under the delusion that in order to catch up with Apple and Google they should slow down development and release updates less often. Nokia would have been more than capable of taking over the Windows Phone development and integrating into their devices as well as Apple does.

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PEAK Apple: Cupertino's hopes died with Steve Jobs, says Larry Ellison

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history revisionism

Jobs was fired or demoted at least because he was disruptive, disliked and the products he took sole control over were not selling particularly well compared to the PC. Apple may well have gone bankrupt if the board had chosen Jobs over Sculley. As it was Sculley delivered some decent products and strong growth.

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New blinged-up 'iPhone 5S' touted by Jobs FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Lysaer s'Ilessid?

I was thinking more along the Hari Seldon line. He reappears every now and again in front of the Apple board in the form of a pre-recorded messages to help guide the righteous through the dark barbarism brought about by the rise of Android.

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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guess

I am going to guess that they wouldn't have this policy if employees weren't nicking stuff in the first place.

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PEAK APPLE: iPad market share hits the skids

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Re: Logic bomb

Somebody once said 'If you don’t cannibalize yourself, someone else will'. I have a feeling he was CEO of Apple for a while.

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Re: Totally predictable

You do of course realize that is the Grannies and Grandads that have all the money now. Everytime I visit my parents it seems like one of their similarly aged neighbors is driving a new car. Also, I am more than happy for Apple to help configure my monther in law's iPad and leave me alone.

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