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Facebook needs to defend Austrian privacy violation case

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Only if they can prove that the cloud company are providing access to their own employees or to third parties without getting permission from the account holder - and the account holder would in turn need to get permission from each affected person.

More worrying is the other case, in the USA, where the US courts are saying that it is irrelevant if the data in Outlook.com is held on servers outside US jurisdiction and the servers are owned by a company not incorporated in the USA (MS Ireland), MS USA is incorporated in America and is the parent company and "it is only data", so the USA has jurisdiction in Ireland to obtain the data with a US search warrant.

If MS lose the appeal, then it will effectively make using any cloud service with ties to the USA unusable, because you could face prosection at any time in the EU for violating the Data Protection laws, when the cloud provider hand over non-US data to the US Government without getting a valid EI warrant.

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

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Re: @Arnaut the less RE"......... but for the mass market it just costs far too much....."

@P.Lee we use them here with dual 24" displays on the desktop, in a dock and then just the tablet for meetings and client visits. It works very nicely.

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

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Re: "Premium smartphone buyer"

I generally keep my smartphone for 3 - 4 years.

My fiance got my old iPhone 3GS - I got that when it launched - and we finally replaced it a couple of months ago.

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EU justice chief blasts Google on 'right to be forgotten'

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Re: Forgotten?

Over here the child prosecution would be sealed and the judge wouldn't normally be able to see it. Likewise the bankruptcy conviction has a shelf life, after that date it is no longer relevant, when making decisions about a persons creditworthiness.

And this isn't an attempt to suppress the media, in fact it is the opposite. The article is still there and still searchable, but not using the complainant's name.

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Re: Forgotten?

@AC public figures are explicitly excluded from the ruling, as their lives are in public and it would fall under public interest and that trumps the right to be forgotten.

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Re: Forgotten?

A lot of the original sites fall under public record, freedom of the press or freedom of speech. Therefore they cannot be removed.

All you can do is make it harder to find. Using the above example, if you get links to the site removed, when using the name "kryptonaut", searching for your name won't return the article.

Searching for "kryptonaut fondles goats" won't return the result.

Searching for "fondles goats" would return the link somewhere in the results.

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Re: Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue

Freedom of the press? The reason why Google has to remove the results when searching for a specific name (all other keywords on the originating page should still return a link to that page) do not affect the original page. The page is still there and you can still find it using the BBC search.

Only the lazy won't find the article, if they google using the person's name, and that is the whole point of the ruling.

The article must remain, as it is public record / falls under freedom of the press, and it is still searchable using any other combination of keywords.

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Re: Don't pretend it's a freedom of speech issue

It has nothing to do with freedom of speech. If the information is relevant, the link cannot be removed. The original article is still there (and would be searchable over the internal site search of the host). Searching for the article using keywords other than a person's name should still return the article.

Using the original case that caused this kerfuffle: The site still hosts the article (freedom of the press, public record etc.), the article should still be searchable under keywords like bankruptcy, house auction etc. But it won't return any results when using the complainants name or his name in combination with the above keywords.

The problem seems to be Google overreaching and imposing censorship, where none is intended, in order to prove a point that doesn't exist.

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Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android

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Re: Thought it would be great

It is more aimed at tablets with real digitizers and pens, not the rubble nippled guff.

I've been using it on a Windows tablet with a WACOM digitizer and pen for over a year and it is great.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

I'm working on a project at the moment with SharePoint and I find it very good - except the pages are half in Russian... It is easy to use and getting at the information is easy. It is certainly a lot better than the other system I have to use, SAP SolMan...

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

@t.est they already had the PCs, they just needed to reprovision them. That is a lot cheaper than throwing away 15,000 perfectly good PCs and buing 15,000 new Macs... Replacement cycles would also be longer on Linux / Windows, given Cupertino's glee in stopping support on older hardware.

Also, don't foget at the time of the transition, that would have been transitioning to PowerPC, maybe there was something technical - such as the VMs for keeping virtual Windows instances around for special programs that didn't have a Mac equivalent were so abysmal back then... Now they could use Parallels or VMWare or even dual boot with Bootcamp, back then it was Microsoft's VirtualPC, which was a dog.

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

Sounds like you ran that through Google Translate, AC.

I would guess that that is 80% of employees, not every employee has a computer, or even a desk. That was 80% of all jobs, not 80% of all PC users, there is a difference.

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

@Volker Hett

we don't have a policy either, regarding mobile devices. But with our Exchange set-up it takes less than 10 minutes from getting a new phone out of the packaging to having it connected to Exchange... "less than a week" is not a good yardstick.

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Re: I smell a shill

An evaluation of whether the project was a success and whether it is sustainable is warranted. They should look at how the solution is running in the day to day business of the council.

Have they actually saved money? Are the users having specific problems? Are the users happy or unhappy?

I've dealt with upgrades in the past, moving from IBM DisplayWrite IV to WordPerfect 5.1, which was a much better product, we still had a small handfull of users who caused problems, because they knew DW4 inside out and people used to come to them with questions and they were scared of using their status, as everybody went back to square one and had to learn the way the new system worked.

The finance director was shocked at how much the support calls had increased, until we pointed out that, apart from his assistant, calls had actually dropped! She thought, if she could overload the helpdesk with calls, they company would switch back to DW4 - she logged the same problem (by converting from DW to WP the software ignored the set paper size (A4) and switched to Letter, which isn't a standard size in Europe, so the first time a document was opened in WP, the user had to set the paper size manually to A4, otherwise the printer would display an error message and not print) for each and every document she opened.

Her boss tore her down a strip for wasting company money, after that the support calls sank to lower levels than before the upgrade.

So that is the question, the users having problems, are they users genuinely struggling to get to grips with Linux or are they trouble makers who fear they have lost their cachet as the Windows Guru in the change and will do anything to get Windows back?

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Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

GMail is a non-starter, it is cloud only and the data will be stored outside of Germany (also see the current court case with Microsoft fighting to keep data held under European law from being illegally handed over in the USA), that is a grey area for a business, but it is a non-starter for a council.

They aren't allowed to store any personally identifiable information (emails, contacts, calendar invites etc.) on a server outside the EU and no tax relevant information outside of Germany, without getting a special dispensation from the Finanzamt (Inland Revenue).

It isn't so much Outlook as Exchange running in the background that makes it a coherrent whole. We have Mac users here, using Outlook 2011 with Exchange, who complain about the lack of facilities, compared to Outlook 2010 with Exchange.

Finding an open source equivalent of Exchange + Outlook is a very tough call. I don't know what they use in Munich, so I can't comment.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Aww that's just unlucky

She was calling from an aircraft at the time. Not sure how they transfer into the normal telephone network....

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Re: Germany

@Sorry

In fact I have German friends who did exchange years in America, while they were at school, in the 80s and 90s (i.e. before 9/11) and they all say the same thing, the freedoms that they had in Germany were severly curtailed in America...

In Germany it seems to be that your freedoms are set in stone in law and the constitution, i.e. many of the laws declare that you have freedom to do something, not that you can't do something.

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In Germany it is probably that they are constrained to the same rules as taxis, but they are not following them - no licences, no insurance, no regular inspections of the vehicles for safety, no regular testing of their meters etc.

In Germany you are not allowed to ply-for-hire if you do not have a "geichte" Meter (tested and approved). This needs to be done annually and inspectors can request a "for hire" vehicle to get its meter tested at random, to ensure that the meter is still accurate.

No meter / non-certified meter, no plying for hire and a big fine.

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Re: Germany

Many of those are local by-laws or Hausordnung (house rules).

Hanging washing out on a Sunday - haven't heard that one. You aren't allowed to mow your lawn or use loud tools outside on a Sunday though.

Making noise generally has rules. You are not allowed to use loud machinery (including lawn mowers) during the "Mittagsruhe" (12:00 - 14:00) in a residential area and not after 21:00 in the evening. Rules for mowing the lawn vary from region to region.A friend near Hannover has to mow his lawn at least once a month, where I live there is no such rule.

BBQ on the balcony is generally allowed, but due to the smell and smoke, you are often limited in the house rules as to how often you can grill, so that you don't annoy the neighbours too much. Some flats do ban it, but it isn't a general rule.

Dogs barking - local law, although probably comes under the 21:00 rule above for noise polution. You can't stop a dog barking, but if it is consistent (long periods every day), then you can complain the the Ordnungsamt.

Car washing - not on a Sunday in Niedersachsen (Lower Saxony). That is a state law. The not washing your car at home is for water table polution. Every car wash has to have a Klaranlage (water filtration system) to remove the chemicals etc. from the water before it is allowed into the drains. You don't generally have such a filtration system in your drive...

Failing the driving test 3 times - never heard that one, but then both daughter passed their tests first time and I took my test in the UK in the 80s.

Winter tyres (or all weather tyres) are compulsory when there is snow or ice on the road. It is a recommentdation to change in October. "Oktober bis Ostern" (October to Easter) is the traditional wisdom for winter tyres.

A fine for shouting abuse etc. is generally not allowed - "Nötigung" or causing duress is illegal, although generally unless it becomes violent or threatening it is generally ignored.

Recycling inspectors looking in bins - well, that is their job... :-S

Weed killer ban - sort of. There are certain types that can be used, but again it is for protection of the water table and nature.

Clearing snow - tell me about it, we have an "Eckgrundstück" (corner plot), so I have to not only do the front, but the side of the property, which is a around 150M in total. But you can't use salt any more (water table again), only clear the snow and grit. If you fail to do so, you are legally responsible for any accidents on the pavement in front of your property.

Our neighbours are generally very tollerant, as are we. We complain that they make noise sometimes, among ourselves, but nobody would think of grassing up the neighbours.

I would assume, as long as Uber requires all drivers to get people carrying licences and insurance to cover paying guests and that they use the legislated rates and meters, then they shouldn't have any problems.

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Re: Questionable legality here

Yep, they are plying for hire, whether that be a designated taxi ranks, hailing, by phone reservation or smartphone app reservation. That means that they have to follow the rules for public hire vehicles - meters, licences, insurance, safety inspections etc.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting

Or Java trying to download Chrome?

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: pff.. what a load of Bollocks

It doesn't seem to have affected P. T. Barnum's offspring at any rate!

Icon: Who nicked my boxers?

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Sonnertagruktfahrkarten

That would be

Sonder : special

tag : day

rück : return

fahrt : journey

karte : ticket

although you are correct, Rückfahrt (return journey) is usually written as a single word.

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Re: Eh?

Try writing bullet point in PowerPoint that don't go over several lines or leave lines half empty! :-D

That is why they use auto-hyphenation so much here in Germany.

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Re: Eh?

Didn't you mean: Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamten-

gesellschaft?

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What's in your toolbox? Why the browser wars are so last decade

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Re: IE

Hardly used? It has a larger market share than the other (desktop) browsers put together!

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Re: Wrong platform.

And web devs using non-standard Webkit only tags on mobile sites, which means they don't work properly on browsers using other engines - MS explicitly added over 100 fixes in WP 8.1 Update 1 preview to combat this problem.

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Re: IDEs

The author also didn't mention Lynx...

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Re: Browser emulator

That would be a shame, IE 11 has come a long way...

I still wouldn't use it as my main browser, but the bad old days are gone - and if you use a Windows tablet, then you pretty much have to use IE, Chrome is dreadful in "Modern" mode for touch and Mozilla abadoned making Firefox touch friendly before it got to the first release...

I use it as my main browser on my tablet, but I still do sensitive stuff and exploring new sites in Firefox (NoScript and Flashblock) and Firefox is still my main browser on my normal PCs.

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Re: IE

MS announced over 100 "fixes" to break standard compatibility on their IE11 for WindowsPhone, because it is too compliant. Allegedly a lot of mobile web developers are using WebKit only (i.e. non-standard) meta tags and the sites don't render properly on WP, so Update 1 brings the fixes to make it interpret the non-standard meta tags...

It looks like what MS did in the 90s is coming back around and Webkit proprietary tag extensions are now the bane of other browser developers.

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Face-recog tech spots US fugitive wanted for 14 years ... from a photo

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And, wow, they actually cooperated with the nepalise authorities and aranged for his extradition.

They didn't turn up with a US arrest warrant and kidnap him, as seems to be the standard MO these days.

Pat on the back this time round...

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Re: sounds nice on paper

My first thought as well. Simply encrypt the data locally, before sending it on its merry way...

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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Re: God luck hacking my wagon...

I worked with a guy with an old Land Rover in the late 80s, he came up from Somerset each week.

His brother looked at the thing one weekend and noted that the fixing points where the body was bolted to the chasis were all cracked and the whole thing was corroding. He told his brother that he should take his wife's car, she could drive the Land Rover.

Such a caring brother, eh?

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Chromebooks to break out of US schools: Netbook 2.0 comeback not just for children

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Okay, I apologise, I misread your original comment, as we were talking about no local storage on Chromebooks and storing in the cloud, I made a false assumption

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What's so confusing about "it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud"? Here are 2 examples of cloud and backup coexisting:

We were talking about lack of local storage and you said back it up in the cloud. If you don't have the local storage on a 16GB drive for all your videos and photos, then you are copying them to the cloud.

I use Carbonite cloud backup for my offsite storage, plus local hard drive, plus external drive, plus NAS and the important stuff on DVD. Cloud is one part of the backup. Just using the cloud to store the only copy isn't a backup.

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Re: WinRT @Craigness

Please be aware that it is possible to back up data, even if it's in the cloud. A lot of commentards forget that.

A lot of people forget, "backing up" in the cloud, then deleting the original isn't backing up, it is copying.

Remember the 3-2-1 rule:

No file exists, unless:

There are at least 3 copies

They are stored on at least 2 different medium

At least one copy is stored off site.

Storing in the cloud fulfills the last part, but if you aren't keeping it locally, it ain't a backup.

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Re: Cheap Windows PCs with Bing

With Windows 8, there is a facility for a non Pro machine to join a 2012 domain as a guest.

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workers

well, here I would guess none of them could make do with a Chromebook - well, they could, but it would defeat the point. Currently most have Igel Terminals connected to either Windows Terminal Server or a Linux server for development work. I suppose you could replace that terminal, its external, full sized keyboard, mouse and 24" display with an small, cut down keyboard and 13" display to remote in, but why would you?

Those that have PCs use a Windows based ERP solution which integrates to Office using OLE, so switching to a cloud Office suite, like Google Docs or Office.com wouldn't work, half of the features for reporting and analysis would no longer work.

The other problem, here, is that Chromebooks are more expensive than Windows machines. I looked on Amazon yesterday, the cheapest Chromebook I could find cost around 385€, that was a Celeron with 2GB RAM, for 20€ less I could get a Lenovo laptop with an AMD processor and 4GB RAM. If the Chromebooks here followed US pricing, they might stand a chance, but they are priced at a premium over better specified Windows kit at the moment.

Over on ZDNet earlier in the year they were claiming that Amazon US had a Chromebook as the number one best seller and several in the top 10. Here (Germany) there was one in the top 40. Looking yesterday, there wasn't a single Chromebook in the Amazon top 100!

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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Re: The biggest challenge ...

I am in Germany... Next tip? ;)

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Re: SPAM?

For me it was just my carrier spamming me with special offers. A quick letter of complaint to the CEO stopped that. I switched provider shortly after anyway.

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Only if you are sending the spam and not using your own SMSC; although it is only 19c here to send an SMS, once you have used up your free allotment, assuming you don't have an SMS flatrate.

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Re: The biggest challenge ...

Yeah, I got a bollocking from my boss when I got back from holiday. Our bungalow was in a valley with no reception, so I would walk to the top of the next mountain once a day (with the dog) and check email and if there was anything urgent call the company.

When I got back, after 12 days, I suddenly got an SMS dated 12 days earlier from my boss... He accused me of having switched off the phone, even though I had been replying to emails and calling in to the company every 2 days on average...

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Re: Hmmm

But that is the problem Lusty, they are nabbing a legitimate access number from one of the GSMA members and setting up their own, unmonitored, SMSC and sending the messages out that way; so it looks like the SMS is originating from a legitimate source, if they can spot it in the first place.

That said, the last spam SMS I had was from O2 in 2008. A letter to their CEO saying that I was on call and needed the phone next to my bed, so sending me special offers at 2 in the morning was not going to get me to look at their offers favourably!

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GCHQ recruits spotty teens – for upcoming Hack Idol

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VM

Step 1. download the VM

Step 2. start the VM

It is Windows XP,

Step 3. reformat and install Linux or BSD*

* as it does not require the teams to purchase additional licences or pirate.

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Wait, an actual QR code use case? TGI Friday's builds techno-restaurant

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Ages old

We've been using them for donkey's years for warehouse logistics - their original concieved use.

The QR Code celebrated its 20th birthday a couple of years ago.

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Walking up to the till? I'd forgotten about that. Over here they come to your table with a portable, wifi card reader and a purse.

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Awooga: August Patch Tuesday incoming – with two remote-code exec bugs in IE, Windows

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Pro

ZDNet reported that the critical Windows flaw only affects the Pro versions, not the consumer versions. Can anyone confirm that?

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Re: patch tuesday?

They do if they have a tablet. There isn't much choice.

Firefox abandoned a touch friendly version of Firefox and Chrome's "Modern" interface mimics ChromeOS and isn't very touch friendly. They are also much slower on low powered machines - I ran Sunspider on my Atom tablet, Firefox was 60% slower than IE! :-O

If it weren't for NoScript, I'd have gone over to 100% IE on my tablet.

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Americans to be guinea pigs in vast chip-and-PIN security experiment

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Re: Possible option:

Here in Germany it seems to be down to the merchant, whether it is chip and pin or chip and sig.

Buying fuel is always chip and pin, buying groceries is often chip and sig.

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Brit kids match 45-year-old fogies' tech skill level by the age of 6

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Re: Using pre-made services doesn't represent a skill

Yeah. Daughter moved into her new flat yesterday. She has a VOIP router from her last flat. She has a new contract with the telecoms provider, with a new telephone number and new access credentials.

She plugged the old router in and turned it on, but complained that her internet didn't work. She didn't even know which of the numbers on the back of the router allowed her to connect to the wifi - the one marked Wifi Passphrase was the correct one. I got her passed that, but she then didn't know how to find the router's home page to log on and configure it.

It took me around 3 minutes, using my smartphone, to get her all connected up.

3 hours later, I go another call, she had tried entering the administrator password for the router configuration page as the WiFi passowrd and couldn't work out why it was refusing her access.

Me? I'm over than 45.

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