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Leaked pics show EMBIGGENED iPhone 6 screen

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WTF?

Strange picture

That's some pretty weird photoshopping.... some unexplainable arm and leg popping out the side of the frame?

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'Dads from the Midwest' pull down their email-spaffing LinkedIn plugin

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Re: LinkedIn are dangerous amateurs

I logged in, and I only found the email address in the source of some profiles, but not all - and those were ones on which the email address is visible when you click the 'Contact Info' button (my connections).

Indeed, you can opt to share your contact details to anyone, but that is NOT a vulnerability, it is the choice of the user.

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Re: LinkedIn are dangerous amateurs

I tried logged in and logged out.

Logged in, I checked a number of profiles that are not linked (because when linked, you have access to that info). No address to be seen.

Logged out + anonymous browser mode, I checked my own profile and a few I know to provide their address to me. Couldn't find any trace.

Would not mind standing corrected but do tell me exactly HOW I can see them. Log in or out? View connected profile or not? The devil might be in the details but I honestly can't find anything wrong so far.

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Re: LinkedIn are dangerous amateurs

Well done, you actually had me look at this before I discovered you're just trolling.... no address to be found on the ones I checked.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: well personally

The QNAP DDNS portal is just nice to have, you can use it as free DDNS only, I just wanted to point out that setting up DDNS can be quite painless. In the end it is still my home system and setting up any other DDNS is always possible, you're not locked in.

The main argument is that my data sits at home. No worries on monthly fees as my collection of pictures and other files I like to share grows...

Setting up backups is equally painless...

If I don't use dropbox I can buy new harddisks every year

But hey, do keep on downvoting and keep your dropbox-branded blindfold on

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Re: well personally

@AC (lame AC)

Oh yes, because EVERYONE is a fully qualified network engineer and sysadmin with the chops to not only load-balance (where needed) but fully secure their servers before making them Internet facing. AND they have a business-grade connection that allows them to run a server. AND they have a static IP OR they have correctly configured DynamicDNS.

Maybe you should catch up with NAS vendor offerings before ranting....

Just going to describe the QNAP offering because I know that best, similar offers from others too.

- QNAP offers its own cloud portal (DDNS), directly set up and configured from your NAS.

- The NAS software provides the functionality, QNAP firmware updates keep it secure. User only ticks the box to enable functionality.

- Load balancing on a private system? Come on.

- Maybe not in every place, but here the uplink speeds have increased in recent years to usable levels. I have about 5mbps uplink these days....

One point you could make but forgot, is that some ISPs still block ports to prevent you from running a server, so I have to run mine on alternate ports.

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Re: well personally

How about moving away from the overpriced cloud? After all, you're just sharing a few files, you can do this from your home computer. Or a small NAS.

QNAP even has been adding specific functionality for sharing files with unique links (and time limits), and some dropbox-like syncing functionality.

These days I only fire up dropbox if somebody insists on using it to send me stuff.

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Putin and pals dump Apple's iPads for Samsung slabs... over security concerns

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@Chemist Re: At least one US President

"ix months on even I can't read what I wrote ;-)"

six is VI not IX

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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Re: NSA has no boundaries

Your options to address this are valid, but you think this all started when Obama took office? Really?

You fail so hard it hurts (the icon can't do it justice).

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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We are not running out of oil, it is just becoming harder and harder to get it out of the soil, so the cost will increase and with that the problem will probably fix itself.

Years ago I read a prediction of 50 years, so we still have some time to go and probably get inventive to stretch this a bit longer, but you can bet that when oil becomes too expensive some clever people will be making money off the replacements ;)

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Unless you've done the math I would refrain from such anti-eco-xyz rants, also because your anti-green rant ends up full of holes. Like forgetting that hauling those dead trees from a forest to a factory involes more lorries and machinery producing nice fumes.

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Here's more sensible analysis...

Another theory (haven't checked if it matches the arcs)

http://keithledgerwood.tumblr.com/post/79838944823/did-malaysian-airlines-370-disappear-using-sia68-sq68

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'Catastrophic' server disk-destroying glitch menaced Google cloud

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Overreacting users?

So, this bug has actually always been in there.... how many users were actually bitten by this?

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

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MaxiPad

Makes me think of.... oh nevermind

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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Re: Am I being cynical...

It all depends on how the modem is connected to the rest of the system, really. If it is connected via a serial link, it needs a program on the main CPU to communicate with the modem and execute its (evil) commands. AFAIK most modem chips work this way.

What they claim (as a warning) is that they can only close the hole at the processor by not implementing those (evil) commands. However, nothing stops the modem from intercepting and forwarding any traffic that passes through it, since it is a closed system with its own firmware.

So yes, the close the security hole regarding access to your data/files, but other mishaps are still possible.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

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Happy

DX

I get the same thing when visiting the DealXtreme website :)

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Hot, fit, SWEATY users stroke Backbeats model, beg: DON'T CALL US

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Re: WARNING - Plantronics headphones are low quality garbage!

I'll counter that and say I absolutely love them...

I first had the old 903 which were already great, but when moving about a lot with the phone in the trouser pocket there was an occasional short breakup, happened more when on my bike. Phone call quality was superb both for me and the calling party.

Sadly they (physically) broke (should have not tossed them in my laptop bag every time), and I now have the 903+.

The 903+ material is a bit more stiff and I'm not too fond of the new volume button placement. But BT connection is way more stable now (no breakups). And I now use the small bag they come with to avoid physical damage again. I also like how it tells me battery life when turning on.

Once you get used to the concept, wearing them is great, you soon don't even feel them.

I also like the fact they are not proper in-ears, so outside noise comes in which is good both in traffic and in the office. Even with that design the sound is great and I never use the bass boost function. Then again, I'm also not a bass head....

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Blink once to turn right: Samsung asks software dev Teleca to talk Tizen

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Because the world really needs another OS

"Because the world really needs another OS"

No, it just went from Moblin -> Meego -> Tizen and has been with us for quite some time.

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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

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The concept looks good

because the back-view has slightly different dimensions than the front view. Must be magic.

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Samsung brandishes quad-core Galaxy S5, hopes nobody wants high specs

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Re: Anyone know what it is using for water resistance?

"I will say if you take it snowboarding you might want to avoid getting the white one, as water resistance might not be your biggest worry if you lose it at speed :)"

white, black, whatever... doesn't matter really, if it falls in (deep) snow it's gone. I have seen a complete ski get lost and not be found again until summer.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

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how's that for a takedown notice

While they were serving takedown notices to several open connection libraries, they managed to take themselves down?

http://boingboing.net/2014/02/21/whatsapp-abused-the-dmca-to-ce.html

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Rise of the Machines: Robot challenges top German player at ping-pong

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Drop shot

Check the length of the robot arm and serve it a well-placed drop shot. And I hope they programmed the robot to absorb extremely hard shots or it will see some fly over the table :)

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Yes! New company smartphones! ... But I don't WANT one

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Re: Agreed

The problem with the n900 micro usb connector was more of a production issue and there is even a nice guide how you can make yours stronger.

Mine never had the issue and still works for me every day.

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Jolla announces Sailfish OS 1.0, says Android love-fest soon to come

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Other Half problem

One problem I see with 'The Other Half' is you can't have it all. There are already a slide-out keyboard, thermal imager and e-ink being made, as well as extra battery / solar chargers.

But you can only stick one back at a time, and I don't see people taking a collection of halves with them...

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Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

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Look further than mobiles

Given the Moblin -> Meego -> Tizen progression, and the fact that Moblin was used quite a lot in automotive, it should not be surprising that lots of Tizen talks at Fosdem were actually automotive related...

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay NAS

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The actual novice "My Cloud" problem

Having helped out many users set up their (QNAP) NAS for personal cloud use, I can say this device doesn't solve the most important problem novice users face: getting the NAS reachable from the net.

Getting the NAS set up for local use is a problem that has been dealt with for quite some time now, but unless the user has a UPnP router that plays nice, getting them do have proper DDNS and port forwarding can be a pain if the user has zero IT knowledge.

When I saw the title I thought they had found a clever way to fix this, but nah.... just another NAS. And as others wrote above, might as well pay a bit more and get a proper one ;)

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Speaking in Tech: $65 JUST for internet and my ISP has the BALLS to throttle a service?

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Telenet (Belgium) is just as bad

Charge a lot, piss-poor service.

They even manage to block all ports below 1024 and are incapable of putting their digital TV on a VLAN so it can pass through my router - requires a direct link.

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Russian gay dating app dev: We've been BLOCKED just DAYS before Winter Olympics

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Facepalm

If the Russians are so anti-gay...

... why do they force journalist (of the same sex) to share beds at the Olympic village (due to hotel room shortage)?

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

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Losses are losses

If Motorola made losses while owned by Google, those should be added to the costs of Google, since that money went from Google into Motorola. Right?

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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WD10EADS in RAID?

good luck with that....

(icon shows what will happen to your data)

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Black Helicopters

"Just think - Apple (iMessage), Blackberry (BBM) and WhatsApp are making it even easier for NSA to harvest the data, all kept in one handy location.

Still - it's free eh?... :-\"

At least you have choice, you can also use Viber and your data will go to Israel ;)

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Meh

Neat trick!

1) Country A and B both have laws that prevent easy snooping on own citizens

2) Country A and B snoop on each others citizens

3) Country A and B share said snooping data

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Bingo! Snooping on your own citizens without breaking the law!

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Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

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Cisco?

pot, kettle!

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Anatomy of a 22-year-old X Window bug: Get root with newly uncovered flaw

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Re: It looks like NO ONE ever audited X Windows

Trolling, sarcastic or ignorant?

I'm sure that a suitable bdf font will be part of the attack, as the bug clearly isn't triggered by the normal fonts you have around.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

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Re: why?

Sony has some neat paint / projection screen that only reflects certain wavelengths, which makes it look (dark) grey in normal daylight, and lights up using their projector. Sadly not seen a lot of this lately :/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhGx84jM8pY

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Android antivirus apps CAN'T kill nasties on sight like normal AV - and that's Google's fault

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Go

Sounds pretty reasonable

Give the AV guys a way to run outside the sandbox and before you know it the nasties use that trick too... Control is best left to the OS and the user/admin.

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Google tells EFF: Android 4.3's privacy tool was a MISTAKE, we've yanked it

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Re: Google has gone from "dont be evil" to being the schoolyard bully

my friend, the neo900 project is just the thing for you ;)

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Sensors and sensibility: Quirky’s Spotter multi-purpose monitor module

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No thanks....

"communication between the two always goes through a server"

You lost me there.... was there anything else interesting in the article?

I have seen enough devices that need a server run by the company go from nice tool to paperweight when said company went bust, got gobbled by a bigger player/rival, or simply wanted to force your hand into buying the newer generation.

My devices will connect to my own server/cloud, thank you.

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Toshiba tweaks SSD model: She's flashy, but she's not dense ENOUGH

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Acceptable performance trade

write 20MiB/s slower, read 200MiB/s faster... sounds like a good compromise

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Recommendations for private cloud software...

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QNAP NAS

comes with its own private cloud and dropbox-like sync tools

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Sonos and I: How home media playback just gets SO FRUSTRATING

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Re: great article

+1 for SqueezeBox... I bought quite a bit of reserve when they announced the end, and prices were already falling, so it was dirt cheap compared to Sonos.

And since Squeeze was the only real competitor for Sonos, I'm not surprised to read this article on El Reg. No other choice.

And while I'm at it, here's a big F.Y. Logitech. Bunch of idiots!

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'F-CK YOU GOOGLE+' ukelele missy scoops BIG WAD of $$ - for Google

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Re: Hey you don't like it.....

The sad thing is you keep seeing the damn ads months after buying one...

Same goes for a friend/relative visiting you, asking advice about something, you google it and hey, more useless ads for months :(

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Backup software for HDD and Cloud

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Get a (QNAP) NAS

Ditch the USB drive, get a proper NAS like a QNAP one, which can handle your local backups, and then sync to one of the many cloud providers they support (dropbox, amazon, elephant drive, symform, ...)

I don't sync to the cloud however, I sync to a set of encrypted eSata drives that cycle their presence at work (read: offsite backup by storing the drive at work in my desk)

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

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Re: Ha ha ha

Well, there is a small difference between Google serving you ads based on your data, or police turning up at your door because you happened to look up the wrong topics on the 'net.

Not that I'm pro-Google, but the comparison is a bit too easy...

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If you're not paying, you're product: If you ARE paying, it's no better

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Re: A very timely article...

There's also the QNAP offering, being very modular and, at the end of the day, linux, in case you want to install something not provided for.

I'm halfway in the process of moving everything to my own could, it already holds all my data, streams my music, offers photo albums, shares files with unique links and expiration. Owncloud runs and RSS was on my list.

There are even rumours of a chrooted desktop you can log into :)

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Wozniak: Please, whatever you do, DON'T buy me an iPad Air

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Indeed, I'd rather have same thickness but added storage and battery life.

Same goes for smartphones: there's a simple solution to the only-lasts-a-day problem of all current smartphones: stop trying to make them thinner. As a bonus, you could add a full-size USB port for mass storage so we don't need those OTG cables that we end up not having with us anyway.

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Apple's first iPhone now COSTS MORE than golden mobe 5S

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Some nokia's do well on ebay

Try buying an N950, for example.... and soon the N900 will be bloody expensive too :/

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Mark Shuttleworth labels Mir opponents 'the Open Source Tea Party'

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Lennart Poettering already answered....

https://plus.google.com/u/0/115547683951727699051/posts/8yEgHgDP2xa

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D-Link: Oops! We'll slam shut that router backdoor by end of month

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ONLY if you're STUPID enough to enable the administrative interface on the WAN side.

It's like a door that can be opened without a key (unlocked), alas there is no handle on the outside, so you can only open it from the inside. It IS relevant if they can get on your wifi though...

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Re: Now if D-Link would...

I don't think you want to see their crappy code....

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