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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Dazed and confused

As a matter of fact, the unlucky 'few' should be happy that Apple does this now... Nice to get a new battery after 2 years, the phones will now last a lot longer than the not-affected ones.

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I’ve never paid for it in my life... we are talking Wi-Fi, right?

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Boffin

Just change MAC address

And enjoy the next free hour ;)

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Giving RealVNC a bad name

Was quite pissed when at some point the security software at work flagged my system as unsecure with malware installed, when it detected a properly set up RealVNC on it.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: ODBII

Fair enough, although GPS receivers have improved over time but as a backup it could serve.

As for battery, since you're going to use it for navigating GPS will be on, and since the HUD is wireless you can leave the phone near the charger ;)

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ODBII

I'm a bit puzzled about the inclusion of ODBII - unless your car has an accurate speedmeter, I don't think the ODBII data is interesting, you get far more accurate speed data from the GPS. GPS speed is only inaccurate during manoeuvres, which when you actually don't care about it...

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: But it said, "Heavy Duty"

Dunno, over here most parking meters use solar and probably a rechargeable battery... works pretty well...

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Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

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Re: sounds nice on paper

Encrypt?

Just rename, zip with password. That's how I am forced to mail releases here to get them passed the mail scanners, so it should work with other files too.

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

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Re: Blame Where Blame Is Due

yup, created by some ex Apple staffers...

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Do you think they care?

They already have all the blueprints of the chips, so short-term problems for them are zero.

We, on the other hand, will suffer much more in short-term. And this is what it's all about, in the end. These sanctions are not long-term strategies.

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Tiny steps: HTTP 2.0 WG looks for consensus

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

Thanks for changing your vote, AC

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

No need to downvote me, I'm just the messenger ;)

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Re: Mandatory encryption?

A friend of mine who is involved in http2 just uttered another loud sigh....

Encryption is NOT mandatory. Seems media are repeating the same nonsense over and over.

Opportunistic encryption != mandatory encryption

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Synology and the NAS-ty malware-flingers: What can be learned

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Re: Remember it's not just Synology

I think he was listing brands with security issues, couldn't find an article on a QNAP security cockup (other than OpenSSL which everyone suffered).

Not that they will be without issues, and I bet they will be doing even more audits and tests in the light of current news...

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Windows Registry-infecting malware has no files, survives reboots

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Re: No files ?

"Is the registry not ultimately stored in a file?"

Waiting for the first AV program to detect a virus in the registry and thus to delete the file :D

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Retailers shot up by PoS scraping brute force cannon

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Payment terminals

Over here most shops just have a payment terminal that is connected to the PoS via serial or network, and the software just tells the terminal what amount the customer has to pay.

No way for crooks to steal any data, the worst they could do is send it incorrect amounts. Money always goes from customer to shop bank account.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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LG L90

I was quite impressed with the LG L90 I bought for a relative recently. Quite a bit of phone for 200 EUR, including microSD slot and a nice >2500mAh battery

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

I surely wasn't...

Some 20 years ago, when the digital age was still in front of us, I did contract work on the network and computer equipment at a very large picture print company (for the young ones: a company that develops your negatives and prints them).

Their staff had lots of picture books with nude pics in them: All pictures passed by quality assurance people who marked badly developed pics, to be redone, and if it contained nude, it was marked as well, and the discarded pic was then recovered from the bin.

There will always be people with access to this stuff that will not mind taking a private copy. The only solution is not to give them access.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: DOA

Check out the new TS-x51 range of QNAP, it flies.... bye bye atom, hello celeron :)

(targeted at home users and small businesses)

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Too complicated

Just install a microphone and trigger on 'WTF'

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Plastic cases

El Reg is always ready to bash brands that stick to plastics, time for some excuses, I'd say.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: more of Katarina please!

"Bear in mind my daughter is 12 years old"

Smoking a pipe?

...with matching(!) icon

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Germans

Maybe England should put its pride aside and have a look at how they do things in Munich.

I can't believe governments relying on foreign servers for their IT. If PICT can't setup a mailserver they're just a helpdesk

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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"dick" is OK

because the ipad sucks?

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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Re: No wireless near my baby

@JDX schools here are fobidden to use wifi if there are kids younger than 6. Indeed.

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No wireless near my baby

Call me paranoid, but I never let any wireless device near my babies when they were young. Even the monitor was in the opposite corner of the room.

So kudos for sticking a transmitter in their mouth at that young age. I'd not take the risk, whatever low power they claim to use.

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Weaponised Flash flaw can pinch just about anything from anywhere

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Re: Them 'Lumpa's sure aren't playing 'round....

FYI, Google does accept paypal, at least for media (and I think apps). Not for devices. Go figure...

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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I wonder....

If the carrier is responsible for the updates, fails to provide the security updates and then profits from users getting hit by the exploit... what would the law say?

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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EU backfire

If it should backfire on anything, it should be on the EU and its braindead rule. Google is a search engine. If you don't want something to show up, have the source removed.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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"Am I the only one thinking that perhaps the iPhone isn't exactly shaped in the correct way for this purpose?"

What, the next model has to be even longer?

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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@ Zog The Undeniable

it's not because the frequency response of the ear isn't flat, that the reproduction of sound shouldn't.

In ideal circumstances, you'd want both the microphones and speakers to have a flat frequency response so that the original sound reaches your ears the way it was. Your ears will do the non-flat bit anyway.

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'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

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Re: Still, forking the code is good

I don't see where the body of your post supports its title.

IMHO forking should be the last solution, the FOSS community is littered with forked and parallel produced code. In many cases they end up all having some kind of issue, and picking an implementation is choosing a tradeoff.

If possible, people should try to contribute to the existing project, and that's where the problem with OpenSSL lies: many users but not many contributors. Theo can have a big mouth and fork it, but that only shows nobody really cared or contributed, because the fork was because of the code, not the community.

There are cases where forking is good, because it is a nice defense mechanism to guarantee continuation of the code. Like the OpenOffice -> LibreOffice fork.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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Re: Let's clear it up...

That's all according to Microsoft. No-IP said they weren't contacted.

So: no conclusions can be drawn until some proof shows up showing they were contacted or not.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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I guess it won't take long anymore before they offer a version without camera....

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Re: CCTV

Actually that's what they are doing right now. Over here (.be) gangs have already been arrested for placing a tiny camera on some plants near an ATM. I admired how the banks provided the perfect camouflage....

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yes, misleading title is misleading.

Also, since somebody is wearing the camera, at about the same spot as the eye, they can also just LOOK and note down your pin. No need to do the investment and I'm sure people will remember it when somebody was standing there with google glass on.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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I have some issues with these things

- they are way too expensive for what they are and do

- more intelligence is needed, there's already a model that detects its perimeter with a sensor and not a wire though.

- same basic problem as robo vacuum cleaners: can't deal with stuff lying around

Solve these and then we can talk ;)

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Don't connect them to the internet directly

I've been experimenting a bit with simple things, and found it easiest (at least for peace of mind) to have some kind of hub (my NAS in this case), and write a bit of interface code to interact with them. Much easier to secure and no need to worry about gaping security holes that will never get fixed.

And remember, once a hacker is inside one of these things, he can use it as relay to attack the rest of your network from the inside.

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Re: Massive prior art here

Indeed, even my QNAP NAS did this until some time ago*, still waiting for that functionality to return.

*it only supported MS Messenger and we all know where that went.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Backups

It's not called backups if it's on the same system (or even same building), that is called a copy.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Renewable is OK but...

7 downvotes as I write this reply?

Not bad, only 7 readers so far who never get from behind their desk and only know how nature looks from those nice wallpapers on their desktops... Here, have a FAIL icon....

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Renewable is OK but...

Not when you go destroying some VERY nice parts of nature to do so.

Same goes for the idiots who are planning the hydroelectric projects in Iceland. All nice on paper with their zero emissions, until you visit the place where they will build this and see what rare piece of nature has to go for this.

I normally don't agree very much with Greenpeace, but in this case, I fully understand them. This one's for nature!

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

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Re: Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

In that case, the related comment goes: why isn't their firewall blocking access to the IPMI port?

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Re: Really?

I think I'll send a picture of my PrintScreen key back.... Good luck deleting my local copy.

Wonder how many teens are going to fall for this scam.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Fragmentation

The way 'fragmentation' is stressed in an article shows the bias of the writer.

The truth is that the story is much more nuanced: many, if not most apps will run on an older Android version, and if an app doesn't, half the time it's because the developer used a higher API version than was needed. The number of apps that actually need the latest features are much lower.

What the figures DO say, is the sorry state of affairs when it comes to upgrades. How hard can it be to separate HAL from OS, so that OS upgrades are 'easy' on mobile devices?

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: @peteur

"I try to discourage people working late, or on weekends"

You make it sound as if people have a choice... The times I have been at work on a Friday night beating a deadline were not my choice, and I think this counts for most. Yes, we all want to get home on a reasonable time and get some sleep, so there's no good solution here, but some respect please.

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Re: Friday ...

"a handful of folks who work late and are used to minor changes"

Over here, people working late on Friday are people on a tight time budget or in enough sh*t to bother to work late, and who will be double pissed if the infrastructure goes titsup...

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Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

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Squeezebox

When Logitech killed the marvelous Squeezebox, I did a 'last buy', so I recon I'm good for quite some time. Logitech should never have stopped this, Sonos proves there is a market for it.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Re: BadaOS all over again.

Except Bada was mostly the shell, and a very bad one, running on an OS. IIRC not all Bada phones even ran linux at all.

So comparing Tizen with Bada is not quite correct - its roots are actually Meego (Maemo + Moblin).

And suddenly I'm looking at this phone and hope it can go the same way as n900 as a linux phone so I can replace my aging n900 :)

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