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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

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Smoothwall

all the way!

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Bring back the humble Nokia 3330 :D

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ZX Spectrum game devs allege Elite Systems Ltd didn't pay their royalties

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Hoo boy, this is going to be really interesting...

PRINT USR 0

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Haribo gummy bears implicated in 'gastric exorcism'

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So wishing I could donate a lot of these Fun Loving Gummy Bears to our local parliament and government...

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Nintendo: We didn't just slay Wii Fit 'troll', we've now gobbled its patents

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Bowser lost...

...and Mario won.

All patent trolls need to experience the same treatment - and close up shop for good.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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spam++

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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Happy

...and for Android devices too?

Hopefully it'll also be compatible with Android devices - will be cool if you can be seen banging away at an old Speccy in order to write up an expenses report for the Bossly Unit...

High time to find that Speccy in the cupboard and see whether it is possible to tack on some cheap Bluetooth chippery...

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Fiendish CryptoLocker ransomware survives hacktivists' takedown

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FAIL

CryptoLocker

Had my bag of fun with this piece of garbage.

The attack vector was something like this : luser allowed her son (against IT policy) to install and run games on her work laptop. I suspect her son caused the laptop to be infected with CL either by opening an email attachment or the such. It proceeded to encrypt every single .doc, .xls and the such files on said laptop.

Then it displayed its ransomware notice.

Her son tried to uninstall it, but panicked when it changed the desktop background to the infamous CL background bitmap.

He sbould've left it there, but he didn't, and downloaded (and reinfected the laptop) with CL accordingly to the instructions given.

Then mommy came to work with said laptop, plugged it into the network, and did some work.

Then she proceeded to phone me.

Worst day ever. I killed her connection, and had to restore from a backup... Luckily it was only her laptop, her home folder on the server and one directory with lots of .PDF, Word and Excel files affected - and the corruption didn't spread to the automated backups yet....

She was under the impression I could "google for a fix and way to remove it" .... Hopefully the loss of her photos and other (not backed up) documents on her laptop will make her think twice now....

Had to do a fresh windows install on a new HDD as I could not get rid of the CL trojan at all... Will probably format and reinstall that HDD at some later stage.

Going to introduce (and enforce) new, tougher IT policies next year. Lesson learnt.

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BOFH: GOATSE? No, I said goat fetis... you know what, forget it

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Classic!

Made my Friday better.

Gotta try this one day... <evil laugh>

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BOFH: Is WHAT 'running slow'!? GOD

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Time passes...

Thorin starts singing about gold

>KILL THORIN BY PUSHING HIM INTO THE OPEN ELEVATOR SHAFT

You pushes Thorin, quite by accident, and in the darkness, into the open elevator shaft.

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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Trollface

Microsoft slipping?

Is this the beginning of the end?

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Apple snaffles low-power wireless firm Passif Semiconductor

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Re: What's new?

Interesting.

How long does it take to collect the reading? Just a matter of pointing the instrument towards the meter, and off you go?

Here in Guptastan (formerly Gauteng) they do it the old-fashioned way - open the cover for inspection. Frequently the oke doing the inspection get his numbers mixed up, leading to billing chaos.

We email our 'leccy and water figures in to the loonicipal offices every month to avoid a cock-up on our bill.

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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George Orwell was spot on...

Rollback to 1984, and commit.

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BOFH: Go on, beancounter, type DROP TABLE asset;

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Devil

Commit;

Love this command :D

Makes recovery soooo much harder :D

And welcome back, oh mighty BOFH :)

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Borked your iDevice? Pay EVEN MORE to have it fixed by Applecare

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Trollface

But what about the iPhone5 then?

If the factory itself struggles to produce scratch-free iPhones, then what'll happen should some poor sod plop his iPhone5 down for repairs?

Should be interesting "Shop scratched and ruined my iPhone5!!!"

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Facepalm

Bah

Wot a daft idea. 'Ere, 'arf a brick at this idea.

They can implement self-expiring ebooks, but there will be ways and means to keep those books from expiring.

What a waste of money and time.

We need a Sparta smiley.

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Boeing outlines fix for 787 batteries

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Coat

Gonna be ironic if the new batteries promptly overheat and vent with all the execs on board, high up in the sky...

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Plucky Swede glides spaceplane to Earth from edge of stratosphere

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Excellent stuff!

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Hehehehe ^_^

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Malware devs offer $100 a pop for 'active' Google Play accounts

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Ne'er-do-wells can jolly well take a hike!

On PC's you have to contend with trojans and viruses.

As if that isn't enough, you also have to contend with malware on smartphones...

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Safety authorities to hold hearings into Boeing 787's battery woes

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Trollface

A good old-fashioned two-stroke engine and generator to generate the neccessary juice?

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Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Trollface

DOSBox + Simcity Classic.

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Twenty classic arcade games

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Hall of the Things (ZX Spectrum)

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Anonymous South African Coward

What about Sinistar?

"Beware, I live!"

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Truck-maker CAT flogs smartphone spawn to butter-fingered fondlers

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Isn't 512Mb RAM a little on the skimpy side?

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iOS 6.x hack allows personal data export, free calls

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Trollface

Re: But the question I want answering is

Most probably a bored Windows sysadmin, not having any work to do...

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Traceroute reveals Star Wars Episode IV 'crawl' text

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Happy

Excellent

Well done. :)

Now... about that rickroll...

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Nipper's toy train enjoys journey to edge of SPAAAAACE

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Excellent video and all that :) Especially the animations.

Hope the wee Sir will remember this for a long time to come :)

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US court ungags Yelp reviewer who dissed builder

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People should welcome negative comments posted truthfully as these will help them to offer a better service to the customer.

Any companies putting up blinkers when it comes to negative comments, deserve epic failure.

Of course, honesty is required when posting anything negative. If you had a bad experience, do post it, but don't embellish and make things up.

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MEGAGRAPH: 1983's UK home computer chart toppers

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48k Speccy

Also had one of these, and it was good :)

Great to see it was the favourite in 1983, although the chart (and its myriad colors) is a bit hard to follow. Maybe something interactive (a graph which "lights" up when you hover (or mousturbates) your mouse over a certain computer...

Is it possible to plot the demise of a couple of these favourites all the way from 1983 up until 1988?

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Author of '80s classic The Hobbit didn't know game was a hit

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Hobbit remake for PC

Hi All

http://monalisa.web44.net/

You can get the PC remake for The Hobbit at the above link.

Enjoy! :)

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Anonymous South African Coward
Happy

Re: wait

Gollum start asking you riddles

Heh, this also take me back. Was one of the best (and frustrating) adventure games I've had... :)

Will introduce my kids to it.

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Why Google and Amazon could end up cooking their own chips

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History repeating itself?

IBM tried to lock out other vendors from its mainframe biz back then.

Microsoft also tried to lock out other vendors from Windows (most notably Word/Excel competitors).

Should be interesting to see what happens going forward...

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Fukushima operator feared shutdown if risks revealed

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Trollface

And nuclear power is safe?

Sure is - if you can get rid of the human factor. Which is next to impossible.

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RIP Psion PLC: You're with Motorola now

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Coat

Lucky guys, all of you... *mutter*

Never had a chance of owning (or using) any of those early devices, but it is understandable that those just *works* unlike today's hi-tech gimmickry gadgets which tend to give issues whether these be battery life, wifi (yes, I'm pointing at iOS6 specifically) or just plain usefulness.

Had the 48k ZX Spectrum though, does it count? :D

Seems that old-tech still have the upper hand regarding reliability and usefulness over today's fancy bling.

On my way to play Manic Miner and Horace in the Park.

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NZ bloke gets eel stuck up jacksie

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Facepalm

Eel pie, anybody?

By the by, this reminded me of this :

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2001/02/14/woman_gets_mobile_phone_stuck/

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Microsoft drives German patent tank into Google's front room

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Facepalm

And...

...patents do blow donkey balls.

High time to scrap the whole kaboodle and Redo From Start.

I'm getting tired of hearing of Y suing Z because of X and A ... BLEH!!!

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Apple wins second round of Samsung patent slugfest

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Re: lol i just hate every IT company equally.

Welcome to the club - wish I can just quit IT totally.

But I can't - it's my bread and butter.

Getting my jacket as I'm outta here.

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What will happen should Samsung be banned from doing sales in the US of A?

Supposedly Samsung is banned from doing business in the US of A?

What will happen then?

Interesting Times springs to mind.

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Anonymous South African Coward
Trollface

Appletards

Sounds like a nom nom nom recipe, anybody got the recipe details?

It'll probably involve some Sauce of Samsung and so on ...

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Ubisoft assassinates Uplay flaw, denies DRM rootkit

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DRM vs DRM-free

Is there any advantage to be had by including (or forcing) DRM with your software? You do need to pay for DRM development etc, and to counter any bugs/hacks/cracks as they appear.

Or do you rely on people's goodwill not to copy/pirate your stuff and leave DRM out? No need to pay any extra for DRM development etc...

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Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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Linux

Hardware looks good... software?

I'm usually anti-M$, but this do look good.

Except for the software, that is.

Any idea if it can be rooted with [insert Linux distro here]?

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Space FIREBALL over Blighty sparks hunt for rich meteorite

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Trollface

Day...

...of the Triffids, anybody?

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Now Proview seeks ban on ALL iPads coming out of China

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Trollface

Successfull trolling...

...will be rewarded with a lot of moola...

Interesting times for Apple.

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Students busted for hacking computers, changing grades

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Happy

WarGames (1983)

Remember that movie - when you can log in with only an username, no password...

They should do a remake of that movie :)

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RIM demos PlayBook OS2

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Angel

Does it come bundled...

...with Neko?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neko_%28computer_program%29

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NetApp will jack up disk prices next month

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Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurv

Love is in the air with higher HDD prices... NOT.

Bring on cheaper SSD's... and pronto!

Gonna leave IT for some other non-IT job soon...

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BOFH: The Explosive Christmas Evacuation

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Coat

...is when the greedy fat porkers decided to cut out people they deem redundant in order to line their nasty pocketses... After all, there's other people left to take up the extra work...

I'm leaving for greener pastures, where there's no fat oinkers oinking for my money... (I wish...)

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Trollface

Crêpe Suzette

What about these? They do flame as well... :trollface:

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