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iOS phone phlaw can UNMASK anonymous social media users

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"Google is blaming Apple here for an app that it wrote, whereas safari (written by apple) doesn't have this issue (yet uses the same web view). QED Google has written there app to the same standard as usual which is as water tight as sieve !!!"

WTF?

If the platform itself doesn't prevent this, then the platform itself - and therefore its provider/developer - is at fault. That's iOs, and therefore Apple.

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Windows 7 settles as Windows XP use finally starts to slip … a bit

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Re: @Splodger

"Really? I've got a new laptop arriving this afternoon from a consumer oriented vendor, that offered me various flavours of Win 7 or 8 from a drop down list*"

I suspect that by "your average punter" he probably meant the type of person who will go to a shop and buy their computer off the shelf rather than confuse themselves with the options presented to them via drop down lists on a website.

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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Re: Optimisation missing

"Since it's doing substring matching there's no need to include both "poof" and "poofter", "shit" and "shite" etc. (Incidentally there are several three-letter strings there which will also match all sorts of innocuous stuff)"

Actually, El Reg's report has that a little wrong. In the article, they've said:

"And while we're forced to agree that “bollocks” is far too weak a word to use as a password, the code is clear that you can't even use bollocks within a password: if (password.match(/\s+/g,'')) then you'll get marked down."

Well, that quoted line:

if (password.match(/\s+/g,''))

Is actually checking for whitespace.

The list of naughty words is done next, by first putting them in an array (badpassarray) and then turning that array into a single string, with each word separated by a vertical bar:

var re = new RegExp(badPassArray.join("|"), "i");

It's then using this:

return(pwd.match(re) != null);

To return true if the password is contained in the list, false if it isn't.

(So it is checking for substrings, but in exactly the opposite way that the report says. AFAICS. So 'scunthorpe' is a perfectly acceptable password to that bunch of silly scunthorpes at Virgin Media.)

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Re: finian

"I've searched the deepest, darkest parts of the internet, and I still can't fathom why "finian" is blocked. Could be a misspelling of the Irish insult "fenian", but the original spelling isn't on the list, so I'm stumped."

Whoever added that to the list is probably confusing it with fenian.

I say "confusing it with" because fenian is not itself on the list, so not only are they applying censorship to something nobody other than the person using the password should ever see anyway, but in this case they are censoring the wrong word. (For that matter, is Finian not a perfectly valid name? I'm sure I knew someone called that when I was kid - if not that, it was very close!)

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'I think photographers get TOO MUCH copyright for their work'

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Re: VinceH - a fair point

"I write software as well, I'm fairly sure that some of the assembler I write has been written before (and I've been doing it since the late 70's), just how many combinations of 0's and 1's can you get, jeez I just want the value on a pin."

I think that's best answered with a well known quote from Aristotle: The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

"Give us a clue then, how much of your stuff has been used (without your permission) by others ?"

There have been a few isolated instances, which have been resolved.

One case with software was a result of a misunderstanding between me and two other parties.

Another was with some photographs, and I had to get a bit threatening with the organisation involved, but faced with legal action they removed the pictures from their website. I could have pushed for some payment for the time they had them online, but I'm satisfied they were removed.

The first example, though, which left me rather bemused at the time (1991/2ish?), involved some budget games I sold at the time - not realising I was the programmer, and person behind the software company selling them, someone actually offered to give me copies of the games that he had bought... from me! I was very restrained and polite, and we had a good laugh about it - but I've no way of knowing if he (or anyone else) ever copied them for others.

"'I doubt I would have ever bothered' isn't evidence, in fact I think you would have persevered (and succeeded) whatever obstacles were put in your way."

That's just an assumption, though, and not something either you or I can say with any certainty. It's possible, sure - but I think that for it to have been practical, there would need to be some way to legally protect what I've created, to ensure some means of making an income for it. Such as a legally protected right to copy and sell what I produce; a right that nobody else has unless I bestow such a right upon them. We could call this right to copy a copyright.

If not that, there would need to be something else in place - and, right now, I can't imagine what that could possibly be. So as far as I'm concerned, if you want to argue against copyright, a part of that argument needs to include an alternative.

I will add that I am not opposed to making the life of copyright protection much shorter than it currently is - because it is too long. And more protection needs to be given to individuals rather than corporate entities, because its the latter who take the piddle.

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"But you would have done *something*, right? You started a business, so I guess you're not the kind of person to sit around and live off welfare. Perhaps the work you *could* have done would have been even more valuable to society?"

I would probably have remained in my first job and progressed from there, eventually becoming a fully qualified bean counter. Whether that would have been more valuable to society is another matter - and not something that can be realistically debated because it's impossible to know where things would have gone, and the exact type of bean counting I'd specialise in.

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Re: Oh Vince

"A thumbs down is not evidence Vince"

I didn't give you that first thumbs down. But I have now added to it.

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"Can you point me to any evidence that patents/copyright promotes invention/artistic achievement rather than stifling it."

Given that I didn't say it did, let alone hint at it, I can only offer this link in response.

The reason I am in favour of copyrights is because I write software, I write fiction, I write content for my websites, I take - admittedly mostly not very good - photographs (and some of my photographs I use in software and on websites).

Without the protection offered to me by copyrights, why should I bother? What would be the point of creating something if some other fecker can just come along and use what I have put my time and effort into creating without compensating me in any way?

My business celebrated its 25th birthday earlier this year. Without copyright protection, I doubt I would have ever bothered, and it would never even have been born. (So I suppose that counts as an answer to your straw man argument.)

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"If three people come onto the register and say that 'Patents and Copyright should be scrapped' we got ourselves a movement."

A movement? In that case, please move yourselves onto the firing range. TIA.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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"You want to protest about secrecy laws invasion of privacy etc while trying to keep your faces secret?

Doesn't seem such a reasonable question with that fix, does it?

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: I fear for the future

"It's too bad the comments are being voted against; I was hoping to nominate such luminaries as:"

I would definitely have offered up the Shadows as a suggestion.

Oh, and why are so many uninformed crazy folk suggesting that Daleks should be lumped in with robots? Don't you crazy people realise that there is a living creature inside a Dalek?

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Re: I fear for the future

"since the question was “Who would win in a fight?”, one might expect the answers to skew towards nasty violent types"

Yeah, but for the moment the question is actually "who shall we put in the fight in the first place?"

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Plus, they'd stand a very good chance of winning if they just take off and nuke the site from orbit (because, as we know, it's the only way to be sure).

Unless any of the others have a means of transportation, in which case they wouldn't stand a very good chance of winning if they just took off and nuked the site from orbit (because, as it would therefore turn out) it isn't the only way to be sure.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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[On why Old Who is better than New Who...]

" yes, it was science fiction but it also attempted at times to explain the science of the time.

Why does that comment suddenly cause me to conjour up an image of Jon Pertwee sat at a table on which he has constructed something from a tea cup and some coat hangers, and other odd things just lying around, to act as some kind of sensor. I wish I could remember what episode it was, but I can't.

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Google's 'Captain Moonshot': I will BOMB you with DELIVERIES

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You're a tinfoil hatter. :p

More seriously, if those concerns are valid (not that Google has any form, of course... ahem) then it doesn't make a single jot of difference if you say "no thanks" - the problem is other people saying "yes please".

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

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Re: The title is too long

"Should start the review with that."

And end it there, too.

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MEN WANTED to satisfy town full of yearning BRAZILIAN HOTNESS

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Re: this sounds like a "you won a $1M dollar, just sign here" deal

"Agree with the "start of a b movie" comment above :P"

Or the start of a classic Carry On Caper!

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Microsoft boots 1,500 dodgy apps from the Windows Store

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"Microsoft are just somewhat ahead of the curve"

You mean they've gone around the bend?

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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"The shuffling of the programmes down was something that was done way before the B+ or B+128."

Yes, it was - but with the extra memory to play with, it could be done differently. I wrote a fairly generic1 bit of 6502 code for the purpose - which, I'd guess, probably did similar things to the ROMs you mentioned. Not that I can remember in any great detail now.

I wish I still had that computer.

1. Fairly generic for the stuff I had, tweaked slightly for some which were a little nastier, IIRC.

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"Being an enhanced replacement for its predecessor rather than a radically new model, the Raspberry Pi Model B+ seemingly mirrors the BBC Micro B+, itself essentially an upgraded version of the BBC B with 64K and some other improvements."

There were two B+ models - one with 64K and one with 128K. I found myself with the former.

"It was also quite short-lived and AFAIK not that well-known. (Personally, I wasn't even aware of its existence at the time)."

Neither was I until I bought a second hand BBC, and discovered it was something a little more. :)

The extra RAM was handy for getting tape-based games to run from disc, when they were tight on memory: A little extra RAM was used for the disc interface, so software would load at a higher location and have less memory to play in, which some didn't take kindly to - but with the extra memory, you could load a tape-based program (from disc) into a higher location anyway, disable the interface and set the memory map as per a tape based system, move the software down in RAM and run it.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Maybe...

A very underrated movie, IIRC. I might watch it again soon.

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Re: Well

"Talking to your watch is only uncool now because Apple hasn't got one outtoday's yoof don't know about Knight Rider."

FTFY!

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Re: Meanwhile, laser light appears

Don't worry, they'll be mounting them on frikkin' sharks first, for testing purposes.

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Cracking copyright law: How a simian selfie stunt could make a monkey out of Wikipedia

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Re: Copyright aping nature.

"Looks like the simians are alive and well working at the various copyright offices of the world."

Well, we already know they work at the USPTO, so why not the copyright office as well?

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Re: It really doesn't matter

I'd say thirded, but I think it needs to be said in an Irish accent: Turded. It just seems appropriate, somehow.

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Re: I'm puzzled by this article

"The fact that the monkey does not either just means the selfie isn't copyrightable. It really is that simple."

Well that sorts out any issue of whether or not that Jimmy Wales selfie can be copyrighted.

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Amazon to dig DEEPER into YOUR shopping habit BRAIN with targeted ads system

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Yeah... and the same with DVDs: Buy a particular film, and see different editions (or formats) of the same film appear in your recommendations.

Of course, part of the problem with DVDs is that different editions/formats are catalogued separately. Wouldn't it be nice if, when you searched for a particular film, the search results page didn't list each version of the film separately, then the close or related matches in the same way - but instead, the first result was just the film you searched for, then each subsequent result was just one result for each individual film Amazon considers a close/related match.

Click on the page for the film, and there it can list different editions in the catalogue.

Note that if you visit the page for a version of a DVD you've already bought, it tells you at the top you bought this item on such and such a date. By listing DVDs in the way above, it could say you bought "such and such a version of this film on such and such a date".

Under the current system, if you've bought "Popcorn Blockbuster 3: The Sequel's Sequel - Ultimate Edition" and you forget, you could find yourself on the page for "Popcorn Blockbuster 3: The Sequel's Sequel - Final Ultimate (We Really Mean It Until The Next One) Edition" and buy it again.

If the underlying database is per film, and the editions are listed under that, the problem goes away. Indeed, if Amazon did it like that, I'd quite happily tell them what films I've already bought from elsewhere. Sure, they'd be more than happy for me to buy the same sodding film twice, but they'd be providing a better customer experience, and in return for that I'll happily give them more data to make better recommendations to me, and therefore encourage me to spend more.

And while they're at it, including an IMDB link for each film as well would be useful.

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Trundle, trundle, FLEEEP: iPhone 6 production grinds to halt

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Re: Ahh...

"Or that news stories about possible production problems function as advertising?"

Quite possibly, yes. News of a shortage could help ensure the true believers in Applanity fanbois are willing to queue up outside the Temples of Applanity Apple Stores days before the new Icon of True Faith shiny iThing is Rendered Unto the World of Men officially on sale.

Apple have an over-hyped reputation to maintain, after all.

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LOHAN gets laughing gear round promotional mug

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Re: How about

Does handedness really matter when drinking? I'm right handed, but my drinking hand varies with seemingly no rhyme nor reason.

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Re: How about

That was my thinking when I read that. There is some logic to having both on the one mug - representing that it's an overpuddlevulture launch of a eurovulture project. Or something like that.

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Vampires and Ninjas versus the Alien Jedi Robot Pirates: It's ON

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You made no mention of sharks with frikkin' lasers! I want - no, DEMAND - sharks with frikkin' lasers.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Re: So, exactly the same as BlackBerry's AppWorld_of_disappointment then...

"I don;t understand why IT folks aren't drunk all the time. Or, perhaps they are."

*hic*

That is all.

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New twist as rogue antivirus enters death throes

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"Defru has a different and simpler approach ... it prevents the user from using the internet by showing a fake scan when using different websites."

And the malware displays a message saying:

"Detected on your computer malicious software that blocks access to certain Internet resources, in order to protect your authentication data from intruders the defender system Windows Security was forced to intervene."

So up until the comma, the malware is actually telling the truth - it's just referring to itself.

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Microsoft, Google link arms on browser vid chat

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Re: This can't end well...

If you use NoScript, then by using Javascript it also can't start well at all, unless you specifically allow it. :)

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Boffins build CYBORG-MOTHRA but not for evil: For search & rescue

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Congratulations to those boffins for developing the first fairground ride designed specifically for moths. It's not much of a ride, but it's a first attempt, after all.

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They can be annoying enough as it is, and now you have to wonder if they're spying on you as well.

Erm... I mean moths, of course, not GCHQ, which we already know probably are!

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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Re: Its not just Kate Bush

So how do you know there's someone called Kate working at his local strip club?

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Tech patent hoarder Intellectual Ventures to lose a fifth of its trolls

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Re: Schadenfreud

Yeah, but it's still spelt schadenfreude! :)

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Re: All well and good...

Excellent, thanks.

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Re: All well and good...

I second that emotion request for the name of the app!

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Re: we need the public to become educated in the tools they are using and what can be installed

"How exactly does selling phones with pin codes stop that?"

Quite - if anything it helps with that, because (based on a massive statistical sample of one - my mother1) I suspect selling phones with PIN codes will result in people realising that their phones support the use of PIN codes!

Personally, I think passwords (or PINs) should be mandatory on anything of this sort - not just phones, but also tablets, laptops, desktop PCs. Too many people don't bother - so legislate so that the manufacturers (and OS developers as appropriate) have to make password/PIN access compulsory, rather than optional.

It's a dreaded nanny-state approach, but one that forces people to at least use some form of limited security, and hopefully some will go on to learn why.

1. technically, I'm talking about a tablet rather than a phone - but she didn't have a PIN or other form of security set up on it. My brother visited her house and used the tablet while he was there, and she was not best pleased to discover he had logged her out of Skype, and she couldn't remember the password to log in again. At which point, yours truly gets asked to sort it out. Sadly, I wasn't asked to set it up in the first place - my nephew did the deed, and couldn't remember the password he used. D'oh! Still - sorted now.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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"and somehow would have to be retrofitted to older vehicles"

Quite - not to mention the inevitable risks from hacking (so bogus signals can be sent to other cars), jamming (someone's bound to... it'll be illegal, but someone will), and the communication being extended to become YATS (yet another tracking system).

A simpler, and probably safer, system would be entirely self contained. Put further time and development effort into sensors that will recognise other things on the road, and correlate them with the speed and direction of the vehicle, giving the driver signals and warnings as appropriate.

I've no problem with that data being recorded and made available to insurance companies and plod only where the car is then involved in an accident or is pulled over legitimately for some errant behaviour. It should not be routinely available.

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Tor-rorists get sneaky Aphex Twin album peek in dance guru hypegasm

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"Visit a mirror of the Tor service hosted on the mainstream web, however, and not only is the track listing redacted, but surfers are shown a rundown of potentially personally identifying information blabbed by the browser."

Well, you say that, but...

Visitor53f30e5e9eb50

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Referring Sitehttp://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/18/aphex_twin_stirs_hypegasm_by_releasing_new_album_details_only_on_tor/

IP GeolocationIndeterminate

Returning Visits3

Time on Page00:00

Total Pageviews92686

Bandwidth Used534KB

Bandwidth Cost$5.34x10-6

Browser ID

I guess that's NoScript doing its job (though there's more stuff that could be determined without Javascript - so it's a poorly implemented publicity stunt, really).

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: Fake?

How dare they steal Apple's revolutionary new idea and put it on sale before Apple even came up with it!

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: fixed it for him

Hang on, I think I have a new game here to replace rock, paper, scissors - and is less complicated than Sheldon's rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock.

It's called: News of the World, Google, NSA:

News of the World beats (is worse than) Google.

Google beats (is worse than) the NSA.

NSA beats (is worse than) News of the World.

Does anyone think it'll catch on? I'm wondering if it's worth getting it patented with the USPTO!

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

"You should install a little thing like no-script. Its a bit of a faf at first to set up the permissions how you want them. But after that, google analytics and google-anything is blocked from running."

He mentioned Ghostery, so that's a good start, but yes: NoScript (once the fiddly faffing is out of the way) + Ghostery + A sensible cookie policy (again with a bit of faffing at first for those you want to allow) = A good browsing experience.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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Re: I think that it has always been the case

I've certainly received emails from time to time from Twitter to tell me that so-and-so has "favorited" my twittish comment.

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Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game

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Re: maybe they should call it…

Only if they first change the company name to "Piss", "Sod" or "Fuck".

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Drunkards warned: If you can't walk in a straight line, don't shop online, you fool!

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Re: Oh, OK - Odd, But OK.

"Just for your other useless research, I'll add that when I'm drunk and using my computer, I;

send really stupid e-mails with lots of typos and swear words

post really ridiculous messages on forums with lots of typos and swear words"

Yup... That sounds like me when I was younger. I remember sending a few absolute, er, 'gems' to usenet back in the day. I'm a bit more controlled these days.

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Google's so smart it's discovered SHARKS HAVE TEETH

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Re: The sharks want their LASERs!

"Except it's not specific, Sharks are known to chew on underwater power cables."

They need a source of power for their LASERs!

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