* Posts by big_D

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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@Cynic999 As I said elsewhere, the press get some exemptions, here in Germany. Outdoor crowd scenes fall under public interest and press rights and, because they aren't taking a photo of a single person or small group, they can use them.

They can't take photographs of prisoners or suspects - in court scenes, their faces are usually blurred out, if they are caught on camera entering or leaving the court, their faces are blurred. They can only use the officially released photos from the police.

The press cannot use a telephoto lens to photograph you on private property or in your home. If you are on your own premises, even in your garden, you have an expectation of privacy. If you are driving your own car, then you have an expectation of privacy, so no published photos where the driver or passengers are recognisable and reigstration plates have to be blurred out.

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@dan1980 The parents / guardians have the "Vormundschaft" over the children i.e. guardianship, so they can decide what is and is not in the child's best interest. Of course then you have pornography laws which mean you can't perform certain acts etc. with children or pose them erotically, so if you posted such a picture, you are acting illegally anyway.

On the other hand, Germany is fairly open to nudity in general - TV shows and news show naked bodies, when naked bodies are there - E.g. reports on saunas. It makes watching American news stories funny, where naked breasts are blurred out, for example. But, again, the adults being photographed / filmed naked in non-sexual situations, have given their permission for the filming to take place and be broadcasted.

Likewise the Facebook scandal about pictures of breastfeeding mothers being taken down as "porn", the Germans just shook their heads, it is a natural act that you see all the time, there is nothing erotic or pornographic about it...

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@dan1980

Theoretically you must get permission before you can publish a family pic on Facebook or another website. My wife always explicitly says, that other family members cannot put a photo online, when they take one of her.

Generally, for "normal" family and friends photos people don't seem to ask permission, it is just implicitly taken for granted, that they can post the photos. Usually the subject will then ask nicely for the image to be taken down, if they don't want it posted. But in theory, they could end up reporting the person doing the posting to the police...

As to the "need" for such new laws, clarity. Plus heavier sentencing. If the publishing of an unauthorized photo results in a small fine, then it isn't much of a deterrent. Change that to 2 years in Knast (prison) for publishing nude pictures or sex videos without permission and you suddenly have a much better deterrent. In this case, revenge porn falls under "Online Mobbing" (online bullying).

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@Lost all faith

We are talking about private photos here, although photos in public are subject to the rule as well, with a couple of exceptions.

If you take a public photo with distinct persons in the foreground, then you need to obtain their permission, before you publish. If people happen to be crossing the image in the background, that is OK. Likewise, if you are photographing a public object (building, statue etc.) and people happen to be in the background, that is OK.

I think the press also have an exception for photographing public events.

But, for example, the police can't post photos of speeders or criminal suspects on their websites or Facebook pages.

Dashcam footage can also not legally be uploaded onto the inernet, for example, or handed to the police or the insurance company in relation to a crime or accident... :-S

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@dan1980 I don't know what the law is in Australia, but here in Germany it would be an offence to publish a photo, let alone a nude photo of somebody without their express permission.

"Revenge porn" is covered here by several laws already and comes somewhere between sexual harassement and sexual assualt, I believe. It carries a 2 year sentence, if convicted.

It is irrelevant whether you took the photos yourself or whether you stole them or were given copies by the victim. If they did not give you express permission to publish them, you cannot post them online or share them with friends. You might own the copyright on the image, so that the subject can't sell it, but you can't post it or sell it without their permission either.

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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About sums it up for us.

My family are all on 9€ to 24€ contracts without subsidised phones.

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Ugly, incomplete, buggy: Windows 10 faces a sprint to the finish

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Re: looking for apps

@Pascal I rarely use the start menu / start screen to look for apps. I press the Windows key, type in the first few letters of the app name and hit enter, much faster than searching through the Windows 7 start menu - especially on an administered machine, where you need the admin password (which I don't have) in order to arrange the list of apps into some semblance of order.

For the most part, the apps I use on a daily basis are fixed to the taskbar, so I don't need the start menu very often.

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

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You also forgot the "they only released on Windows," the author seems to have forgotten that Microsoft started writing software for other platforms long before they started writing their own OS and the first versions of Word and Excel were for the Mac, they were later ported to Windows...

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SamSUNK! Korean giant's electronics biz takes punch to the smartphone profits

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Poor Samsung

only $5 billion profit. I guess the shareholders will all be heading down to the soup kitchen for lunch then.

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Google Translate MEAT GRINDER turns gay into 'faggot', 'poof', 'queen'

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Re: Fact Hunt!

@Loyal Commenter

Be careful with Google Translate, I tried it on a safety manual. GT doesn't seem to like unabbreviated sentences. E.g. "Don't" translates correctly, but "Do not" translates to "do", at least in German.

My safety manual, which read "do not open the case, no user servicable parts inside" translated into German read the equivalent of "open the case, no parts inside" :-D

More worrying was that "do not open the case, high voltage inside" translated to "open the case, high voltage inside," I think Google must have noticed that I had stopped using Android and was using a Windows Phone...

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Re: Fact Hunt!

Are they talking about meat balls in gravy of small bundles of wood?

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Fanbois to gamebois: Apple paperwork reveals iOS FUNPAD

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I remember similar joystick housings for PCs back when I was a kid, you'd lay the "joystick" over your computer and it would activate keys underneath.

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What's that, Microsoft? Yep, a Lumia and Surface SALES BOOM

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Re: Wow....

Core i5/8GB/256GB is the sweet spot for the Surface Pro 3.

I love mine, and since I bought one privately, everybody at the company who wants a new laptop is getting one.

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Re: Fair play to them

I have a Surface Pro 3 and it is my second touch enabled hybrid device. I certainly wouldn't want to go back to a Windows 7 device or a non-touch laptop.

I find it is great. I don't always use touch, especially when it is docked, but it is very useful and I certainly wouldn't want to lose the additional input method.

What is really good with a touch screen is it still makes all those idiots who dab their greasy fingers over your monitor! They've been pointing at things for years on other people's monitors and just leaving greasy finger prints all over the display. When they do it now, they get a shock as things actually react!

It is also very useful for making truly interactive presentations for small audiences.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Re: Not all there

They should be praising the "pilot" for showing a hole in their security.

They got lucky this time, the pilot was bombed, not the drone.

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BOO! Grave remote-code exec flaw in GNU C Library TERRIFIES Linux

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Re: Not Again

It was fixed in 2013, but not marked as exploitable and therefore not flagged as a must-have update.

Hopefully all "modern" versions of Linux have this already.

If you distro is older than 2013 or the version (2.2 through 2.17) hasn't been updated to 2.18 or newer, then you need to get it patched.

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Wall St wolves tear chunk off Microsoft: There goes $30bn!

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Re: Stock pricds tend to be foward looking

MS is looking to the future, it is looking at long term stability and growth.

Many analysts and share holders however are blinkered by the quarterly results. They don't give a f' about whether the company is going to be there in 12 months or 12 years, they want to know how much the company is making now.

The rapacious nature of the stock markets is not really conjucive to being a good company with a future. There is no room for making long term relatoinships with partners and customers, there is no room for securing income streams for the foreseeable future, there is only the here-and-now and if maximizing income now means that it will devastate the company and condem it to bankruptcy in the future, well, hey, that's okay, because I'll have sold my shares to some other mug by then!

I'm all right Jack!

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Jellybean upgrade too hard for Choc Factory, but not for YOU

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Re: So let me get this right...

What does a contract have to do with the life time of the phone? Most people I know buy a phone separate from the contract.

As to Microsoft, until the middle of last year, that would have been XP SP3, Vista SP1, W7 SP1, W8, W8.1 and W8.1 Update 1. In Google terms, that would mean covering all versions back to at least Honeycomb.

And they should ensure that the users get the sub-version service packs (E.g. 4.2.2, 4.1.4) if they are only going to support 4.2.2 or 4.1.4 etc.

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Re: So is Firefox safe or what?

Firefox uses Gecko.

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Re: So let me get this right...

Judging by how long people around here keep their handsets, I'd say at least 5 years.

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Re: So let me get this right...

That is the problem with the mobile space.

Apart from Apple, nobody has their act together, when it comes to getting updates and security fixes out - and Apple aren't a shining example, compared to the desktop world.

The problem is, it is all open source and nobody is being held responsible for ensuring that customers are safe - everybody is pointing the finger at somebody else and saying "it's not my problem, it is theirs!" That just doesn't wash. And no, I'm not being anti-open source here, I use a lot of OSS and have contributed to several projects.

Here Google should be forced to issue security fixes for a reasonable amount of time (although maybe the 13 years or so XP got security patches is a bit excessive) and the manufacturers should be obligated to get security fixes out there ASAP. If not, then they should be subject to fines and compensate users for distress and lost information and stolen money.

I can see the argument against some version updates (newer, faster hardware needed), but security isn't a version update, that is keeping your customers safe and building goodwill, that they will come back and buy from you again, when they need a new device.

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Facebook: Oi, Lizard Squad – we can take down our own site, ta

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Re: Stop the front page

Amazing, isn't it? The world managed to get news for the last several thousand years without Facebook and co. but in a matter of a few years journalistic research seems to have become extinct.

If it didn't happen on Web2.0 first, it didn't happen.

A gas explosion in on a housing estate killed 20 peopley, you say? I can't find it on TwitFace, so it can't be true.

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Should Google play carriers at their own game? There's never been a better time

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@Trevor, I don't know about IoT MVNO, but my current carrier allows me to use up to 4 devices on the same account, sharing minutes / SMS / data, with a data flat (throttling after 2.5GB). If I want more SIM cards on the contract, I have to pay an extra 4.60€ a month for each additional card.

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Re: @big_D

It is the same device! There is no changing to another device, Apple or not. You can decide to change your carrier and just tell the iPad to change plans and use another carrier.

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The latest iPads have a reprogrammable SIM, so you can change carriers without having to get a new SIM.

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

Oops, sorry, didn't notice the misspelling.

I was thinking more the app was writing its results to the database as the WiFi Direct forces the reboot.

But as we seem to agree upon, it is fairly unlikely, although not impossible - and as you say, there are other, more serious problems to contend with.

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

@Tom 35 and that is why I haven't bought a carrier locked phone for the last 8 years. I always buy my smartphone unlocked, then look for the carrier with the best deal.

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

@Charly true, it is just a hypothesis that the data could be corrupted, if the timing was right. That would need to be tested, but if the software is in the middle of writing the analysis when the user starts searching for the printer, it would be possible. But you'd need a lot of testing to prove it one way or another. But it was the first example I could think of.

And yes, limited audience, around 20 - 30,000 users worldwide. But, again, that is just one scenario where WiFi Direct is used several times a day by each user.

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Re: A charming mental image.

@Teiwaz last week there were a bunch of "older than 90 days" bugs fixed in Chrome - funny though, Google didn't shame the Chrome team at 90s days, they just included the information in the release notes at 120 days or so...

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

True, but some roles, such as mobile auditors with tablets and mobile printers, who have to print out an audit sheet at the end of their analysis of a laboratory, farm, food processing plant etc. would be in that mode very often. Get the timing right and you might be able to corrupt the audit information, for example.

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Facebook, Instagram, Tinder TITSUP*: HOW did anyone even find out?

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Except they have large server farms in Europe, for example.

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Microsoft brings SUNSHINE – but it's a CLOUDY DAY

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Re: Year-on-year figures - a reasonable indicator?

True Slawek, but he does have a point. At the moment, we still use Word for generating documentation, even if it isn't destined for print.

We use Excel for calculations and analysis.

We use PowerPoint for presentations.

We use Outlook for unified calendering, email and contacts.

If those uses are slowly eroded by new products from outside, then the "need" for Office will diminish. And moving to Office 365 is a way of trying to spread that 2 / 3 year income spike into constant income.

MS need to keep Office relevant - and looking at some of the experimental tools, such as the teaching based presetnation recorder they launched last year; they are not sitting on their laurels.

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Re: Isn't it a good thing...

Short term profit and burning bridges in the race for the next quarter's figures is an idiots game.

It is just a very expensive version of parse the parcel. Whoever is left holding the shares when there are no customers left to scew over is going to lose big time and all the employees are going to be looking for new employment.

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RT?

both Pro and non-Pro (formerly known as RT) versions of the OS

Erm, non-Pro is / was Windows 8 (Core). Windows RT was a version specifically for ARM processor based tablets.

Pro is the middle land between consumer Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Enterprise. It allows domain integration and brings a few other bits and bobs not found in the consumer version.

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Re: "having to build for not one but two Microsoft browsers"

Exactly and Spartan is spartan, because it drops all the legacy cruft that is IE non standardness and concentrates on an efficient, standards compliant experience - at least that is what I read in the tea leaves.

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I think the whole point is, that is will be a Microsoft browser that you don't have to hack around.

It is supposed to be standards compliant and should therefore not need any hacking to get it to render correctly... Although on mobile it will probably mean de-hacking all of those non-standard, Chrome-only extensions to HTML and CSS to get the page working properly.

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

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Re: Security Bickering Is Lethal.

You seem to be forgetting the most important part of this, if we monitor everything and limit our freedoms, even on the Internet, then the terrorists have already won.

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Re: Appeasement? Munich! MUNICH!!!!

The problem is, the US and Europe understand different things, when it comes to data protection.

The EU protect the consumer and their data, ensuring it can't be shared willi nilli and ensuring they have rights to see the data and have it corrected or deleted if it is erroneous.

The USA protect corporations right to data...

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Re: Hololens hype

I can think of dozens of verticals where this could be useful.

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Re: The problem with hololens

I think that is the whole point of Hololens, it isn't designed to be worn out and about posing, it is designed to accomplish things.

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

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Re: Hell Officially Froze over for me on the 21st of January 2015...

Screw the air guitar, now it is air keyboard, with actual results! :-D

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Is Windows RT not invited to the Windows 10 upgrade party?

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Re: ARM vs ATOM

That's the point, when RT was concieved, Intel had no answer to ARM in the tablet space.

By the time it was released, Intel had caught up and RT was no longer really needed. It became an anachronism.

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Re: RT seems pointless now

The problem was, when they started RT, Intel didn't have an answer to ARM.

As RT was finally released, Intel launched the Z series Atom SoCs, which performed as well as ARM and offered similar levels of battery life. That meant a full Windows experience for the same price, or less, than the "touch only" RT experience (i.e. no chance of running legacy desktop applications if needed).

RT became an anachronism even before it hit the streets.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: Nobody talks to Cortana

Exactly dogged, Cortana is a virtual assistant, not a voice assistant. She can also respond to the spoken word, but it isn't the only way to interact.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Much like Windows 8.1 does today...

I use it on an older laptop with multiple attached monitors, no touch. It works very nicely.

Windows 10 should work even better.

Windows 8.1 doesn't need touch and Windows 10 won't either, nor will a microphone an speakers be essential either - depending on what you want to use it for.

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Re: Read the whole thing...

The upgrade is free for the first year. You only uprgade once!

If you don't upgrade in the first year, you might have to pay the normal upgrade price - this is much like the upgrade offer Windows 8 had, you could get it for 25€ for the first 6 months or so, then it went up to full price.

They have already said that the PC will be supported with new releases for "the supported lifetime of the PC".

That bit is open to interpretation - until it dies? Or until Windows requires newer processors and peripherals?

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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Re: Have you actually used PowerShell to automate GUI operations?

@anonymous boring coward

your post started out well, which is why I upvoted it, then I got to the last couple of paragraphs and nearly changed that to a downvote.

You went from providing useful, upvoteworthy information in a relatively unbiased form, then you suddenly sounded like an OS X fanboy and the last part of your argument doesn't hold water these days - and in any case, it is down to personal preference, I switched from Linux to OS X to Windows as my daily driver over the years. I still use them all, but I prefer Windows, that is a personal preference and like your rant at the end, has little, if nothing to do with the topic at hand.

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It's 2015 and default creds can brick SOHO routers

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Re: How nice

ISDN is dying. The hardware suppliers are not renewing their maintenance contracts with the telcos, so the telcos are moving to VOIP. AFAIK Telekom's contracts run out in 2018/2019. Until then all residential and business lines will need to be migrated to VOIP.

Unless the customer fights for it, they will no longer get ISDN, they will get VOIP when they get a new residential line. This has been the case for the last 4 or 5 years. I switched from Telekom to EWE Tel in 2012 and they cut off the ISDN and switched my numbers over to VOIP.

Companies are a little different, Telekom's new VOIP-trunking solution for businesses will be coming online next year and they will then have 2 years to transition all of their business customers to VOIP.

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If you know that you can change it in the first place... I would bet most of my family wouldn't have a clue what a WPA2 is, let alone how to change it.

It is all very well, that we deride the use of default password by the manufacturers and that people don't change them, but for most people the router is just another device that is plugged into the wall and turned on, they don't have the first clue about what it does, or that they should "manage" it.

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Re: How nice

@Michael Habel

Yes, they have. there was a serious hole last year, which was quickly patched, which let remote hackers gain access to the router and use it to make internationa, premium rate VOIP calls!

I wasn't hit, but I patched it within a day of the exploit being known and patched by AVM.

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