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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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I'm starting up a course for media types.

£1,000 for a two hour session on how to protect you on-line persona.

It consists of 1 hour 59 minutes drinks, nibbles and introductions and then I'll just tell 'em. Don't ever get drunk or horny and especially not both at the same time.

Any takers?

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Re: "Knowing these photos were deleted a long time ago"

OR they could have been stolen a long time ago. Before they were deleted.

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Twitter: La la la, we haven't heard of NUDE JLaw, Upton SELFIES

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mass hack?

Given that at least one of the victims says the images were deleted long ago some these images may have been copied and kept secret for years. It seems likely to me that someone has gathered together a lot of other people 'secret store' of images. Maybe hundreds of password guesses by hundreds of different pervs some of whom struck lucky a few times over a long period of trying.

my guess in that this is less of a single huge hack that represents some huge security breach but a gathering together of the usual drip feed of unwise/unlucky celebs privacy invasion that represents poor password security.

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Hackers' Paradise: The rise of soft options and the demise of hard choices

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User choices

PC sales were based on cost and ease of use. If you could say 'Our PC compatible will calculate your spreadsheet in half the time of theirs' people would buy it. If you said 'Our PC compatible will calculate you spreadsheet more reliably than theirs' or Our PC compatible will calculate you spreadsheet more securely than theirs' they wouldn't. MS networking outsold Netware on familiarity and ease of use (mainly).

The market got what the market thought it wanted and now has to live with it. Even today idiot users routinely disable anti-virus because it 'slows the PC down' and find secure passwords too much hassle.

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X marks the chop: Microsoft takes axe to Nokia's Android venture

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Re: why does this remind me of IBM

Hmm. yes. The IBM PC was initially dumbed down so it didn't compete with existing IBM divisions that couldn't keep up. IBM were so self obsessed they thought the only competition was with themselves. The suits said 'yes the PC very nice but it will confuse the customer. They won't know which IBM product choose? make it less powerful'. In the end they chose Compaq.

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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Cloud with chance of...

The first reaction of a lot of IT professionals when reading about internet connected business was "why the hell would you do that? It a security nightmare". Similarly the same reaction when the various different definitions of "the cloud" were mooted. Now everybody appears to be surprised that the cloud is indeed a security nightmare. As far as I'm can see this is just the long tale of computerising business still wagging from the 1950's.

In the old days a business had one set of ledgers that where locked in the safe overnight. Messing with the post brought serious jail time but you still didn't send anything in a letter if you didn't want the anyone else to know. Couriers carried locked cases to which they had no access. You shredded or burned everything when it became obsolete. Everyone knew the rules and knew that not sticking to them made you vulnerable. Eventually these practises will be duplicated electronically as the necessity for each is re-discovered.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: One thing....

or stop trying to pretend that 'entrepreneurs' care about anything other than making money. Privatisation means loss of control. It's not that you don't get to make the decisions it's that you don't get to say who controls the people that make those decisions. Damn sure that whoever they are they won't be thinking of benefiting tax payer when they do. The government has virtually no say in anything that goes on anymore and we are a step away from a Russian style oligarchy.

All these junkets and press releases and just putting up the wallpaper after the house has fallen down.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Now Trident makes sense.

I always wondered why successive governments threatened to cancel Trident then backed down when they got read into the official secrets. I reckon Trident doesn't exist, at least not as advertised, but is a useful cover for grabbing huge amounts of tax pounds for these sort of projects.

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Cyber crims smash through Windows into the great beyond

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Re: Gnu/Linux?

"short answer: No

Just less likely to be attacked because of the market share, .. if it had 50% market share, we'd be seeing all sorts of nasties aimed at GNU/Linux"

The question was not how many attacks are likley but how many will get through. There may not be a direct relationship.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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the problem here ...

... is that there is a social group that needs to be broken into.

"One of the ways that high-status women signaled to those trying to break in to their social groups that they did not fit in was by engaging in public 'slut-shaming,'"

Why would anyone want to break into the social group of the rich, trashy and bitchy ... ... unless of course it turns out to be more important for 'getting on' than results. A sure sign of a system in decay.

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Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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Breaking news 2025

US courts report that all current IP patent licensing dispute appeals have been completed and the value of shares in US business jumped to record highs as every business is set to receive a trillion dollars in licensing fees.

In other news employment is at a record low everywhere (except the legal sector) cost cutting is rife as every business is set to pay a trillion dollars in licensing fees.

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$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Coporaste purchase strategy?

Apple, like a lot of US high tech companies have a lot of money 'offshore' (i.e. money made elsewhere in the world that doesn't attract US tax until it is brought home). Buying non-US businesses is a way of turning that money into company value without paying the tax that bringing into the US would attract. Microsoft buying Nokia with some of their offshore money, in theory, increases the value of Microsoft stock so making money for the boardroom stock holders without paying the US tax that they would spending it in the US. Like a lot of web based business, streaming music makes it's profit where ever the owner says it does. If the purchase can be carried out 'offshore' then the streaming music service profits operate as a money laundering system. Hey presto 3 billion dollars of low-taxed overseas assets become become x million dollars a year of US onshore income.

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Nokia: What to do with our euro BEELLIONS... Eh, let's spaff some on connected cars

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Nokia sat nav

I loved the sat nav on my old Nokia N8. I found accurate, easy to read and fast to recalculate. I miss it now the office has moved onto iPhones. Hopefully they we re-licence the iPhone version sometime soon.

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ARM exec: Forget eight-core smartphone chips, just enjoy a SIX-PACK

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Hype marketing.

Call it the 'V8' and Americans will snap 'em up

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Solaris deposed as US drone-ware, replaced by Linux administration

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I've missed something here

I'm I read somewhere that someone developing driver-less cars said they had to write their own OS because a PC or server based OS might go off and do housekeeping chores at inopportune moments. A pilot-less military helicopter however appears to be OK with a general purpose database app on top of a general purpose OS. Is that right?

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

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Re: Dividents

"It's using this cash pile – which is bolstered by the €5.4bn it finally received from Redmond – to hand out €3bn in dividends to shareholders,"

Turns out the board are all major shareholders. There's a happy coincidently for them then.

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London Tube has new stop at Azure Station

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So what are the 'things'

The 'Internet of things' surely relies on 'things' being on the internet. It's not clear if the "existing sensors" are separate entities accessible through the internet. If they are then as 'existing' sensors they already were an internet of things if not then then they just have an interface to a sensor array.

Also: Not sure where Azure comes in.

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That's right, MICROSOFT is an ANDROID vendor after Nokia gobble

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The way I see it ...

... Nokia executive could see that they had damaged the good ship Nokia and was it sinking fast. They could do one of two things. Make a last ditch, heroic, do or die attempt, applying all their business acumen, working all hours and risking everything they had to fix the mess they made and return Nokia to greatness OR sell out what little they had left for whatever they could get for it. Maybe they couldn't sell it outright but they could find someone gullible enough and desperate enough to tie themselves into a partnership that once made they can only go further in without admitting they made a mistake.

It might be arguable that the Nokia board took the second option. If that is the case they did get a bloody good deal for what they sold.

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Microsoft signs Motorola to Android patent pact – no, not THAT Motorola

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Re: Microsoft's Android patents ..

"This default assumption that MS are lying about their patents amuses me. Good to know that the Reg's commentards know more about the workings of Android than the companies who implement it, 99% of whom have just coughed up the money."

The assumption is that if they were legitimate Microsoft wouldn't mind people knowing what they were. I think that assumption stands up to scrutiny better than the patronising alternative: "better minds than yours have thought about this and appear to agree"

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Danes debut Bluetooth-connected 'made for iPhone' hearing aids

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Hearing aid app

There are already hearing aid apps available for the iPhone and no doubt other OS's too. Many free. They appear to work as graphic equaliser type thing. Once the idea has been announced it's only a matter of time before it becomes a consumer device and the price falls.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: This comment is totall Bullsh--!

Poor you, you do seem to burn through hardware. I don't think that is the norm. Yes stuff breaks but there is a lot of ancient hardware still running throughout the world.

I'd also say that most of the vulnerabilities yet to be found have been there since day one. So just because the white hatters don't know about them does not mean we are more vulnerable than before. Just more aware.

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

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Hijacking foiled scenario?

1. Plane sets off on flight to Beijing.

2. Plane is hijacked by tech savvy terrorist intent on a 9/11 type attack on Beijing.

3. Terrorist disables pilot and coerces co-pilot to make 'good night' call.

4. Terrorist turns off all comms that they know about.

5. Co-pilot alters course without alerting terrorist.

6. Plane flies out to sea where it can do no more harm.

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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But ... but ... but ... jobs

In this country there are not enough jobs to go round. Any 'unfilled' jobs are looking for skills that don't exist or are unrealistic in there expectations. (i.e. school-leaver IT positions with a list of required skills as long as your arm). Even the lowliest jobs get a huge number of applicants. The only vacencies that exist are the ones no-one can afford to pay for any more. (i.e. road maintenance, IT support staff, flood prevention engineers ). There are no jobs that prisoners could do that does not involve taking it away from someone else. The same goes for the unemployed (get 'em to sweep the streets etc. What would then happen to the street sweepers?)

Call centres are already in existence and employ people who have not committed crimes (or at least not been caught). By giving work to prisoners they are taking it from non-prisoners, what are current call centre employees supposed to do except sign on. Some may be enticed into a life of crime. Can nobody else see the flaw in this plan.

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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metaphorgasm

You can tell no body really knows what it does by the shear number of vague and ill defined metaphors used to describe what it. 747's , multi-billion dollar cars, puppets WTF."

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Bletchley Park spat 'halts work on rare German cipher machine'

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Re: Museum of bolted stable doors

What makes you think they want people to visit? They have just been given a load of cash from the lottery fund so why should they care about gate recipts. All they need is to do is accept their inflated salaries while it lasts and hope for some bogus awards for their 'world class attraction' to enhance their individual CV's before they move on.

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

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to all the nay-sayers.

No driver also makes it easier, politics wise, to add a remote self destruct system. If the truck gets to the destination it unloads the container and returns home. No danger to the troops. If it detects a road block or deviation from the set course it alerts the base that the self destruct timer has been initiated and waits to see if base sends the stop signal. If no stop is received - boom.

So: unmanned supply vehicle or exploding trojan horse. win-win.

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Blighty's tech sector hasn't had it so good for TEN YEARS - report

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For ten years?

since 2005 WOW!. 2005 was great. A real high water mark for British tech ...

... Oh no. That's it. I remember now, in 2005 in was just the same, as crappy and underfunded as always.

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BBC Trust: 'LA LA LA I'M NOT LISTENING' to this DMI mega-tech FAIL

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Ooh ooh. me me.

I wrote that in a comment on the this subject back in August. Do I win a prize or something?

"Submitted on Friday 23rd August 2013 15:19 GMT

Not the same thing

Management sticking their fingers in their ears and shouting la la la at the top of their voices is not the same as nobody telling them what's going on.

22 thumbs up"

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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Re: Here's the problem

Either they ignore morals and stay within the letter of the law and feel they are therefore justified or they break the law to do what is morally right and feel they are therefore justified. It's all good to the those with psychopathic tendencies who gain power and think the end always justifies the means.

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MANIC MINERS: Ten Bitcoin generating machines

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Re: I'm not some kind of hippy or anything, and it's an interesting experiment....

Obviously the value of Bitcoins can't go on rising at the current rate ( I think they are probably in bubble at the moment), however the difficulty of hashing can. There will at some point be an equilibrium where the cost of mining is just covered by the value of the Bitcoins produced. I don't think this is far away if it has not already happened. At that point the Bitcoin experiment reaches level 2: a steady state. Anything could happen and it will be interesting to watch, from the sidelines.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

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Same story different ending

It seems to me a lot of the tech industry has the same story. Interesting tech, bodged, buggy and released too early, doesn't quite work properly. The difference is they either 'catch' i.e. a compelling bit of software forces sales and a market is created or they don't. Apple had the spreadsheet, Microsoft had the IBM pc, There is always something. All these things need a bit of luck, a bit of tech co-incidence, a bit of serendipity. Sinclair was inventive and got lucky quite a few times but it was bound to run out in the end. He was his own worst enemy.

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Beauty firm Avon sticks spike heel into $125m SAP-based sales project

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Re: Finally someone does the right thing!

God save us all from SAP's EDI implementation. And the version they laughingly call XML. What a crock.

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Los Angeles' weather is just like MORDOR, says Brit climate prof

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Leicestershire?

I understood that Tolkien modelled the shire on his home county of Worcestershire. Still in the Midlands just the other side of the country. I agree with the earlier that it's unusual for Leicester or Leicestershire (the forgotten county) to ever get in the news for anything remotely positive.

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Oz couple get jiggy in pharmacy in 'banned' condom ad

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Re: Pathetic

You see this ad carries a serious message, a commercial interest and a comedy element. That part is the comedy element.

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The Shoreditch STARTUP SCENE is a load of TRIPE: And that's why it's GREAT

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Re: Lord Bong of #businessmodel?

You may be thinking of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-Ftang-Ftang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel.

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

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Re: If it did declare it has no plans to haul him into its territory...

"Just saying, It would be like Gordon Brown declaring that none of the bailout money would be used to pay bankers' bonuses."

or indeed any politician of any persuasion promising anything.

Why insist on embarrassing yourself with your naive and outdated party political evangelism. Nowadays all parties stand for the same thing: power without responsibility. All party leaders are fronts for the same loosely based money/influence cabal and if they covered their faces you wouldn't be able to tell which one was lying to you.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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you think you've seen advertising ....

... You know those funny pauses or when the series ident' appears for no apparent reason. You know the ones that pop up every five minutes. They are the original US advert breaks. TThose in the UK and have Tivo type facilities at least can approximate the experience of US or Australian TV by pause the program for 5 minutes every 5 minutes of viewing time and play the same Cillet Bang advert over and over again in the space. That will give you some idea of what TV would be like in world where there is no national subscription based quality TV service to compare and compete with.

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Why Microsoft absolutely DOESN'T need its own Steve Jobs

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Visionary?

The problem is they always thought they were Steve Jobs'. They all thought they were high tech visionaries and technical vanguards when in fact all the real profit comes from old fashioned hard-ball business practices. Very early on Microsoft found a way to market software that sold the product but retain all the rights and they set up a legal framework to enforce it. It's this licensing model that makes all the profit not technical leadership. In fact it works against it. They absolutely had to stifle any innovation that threatened the Windows+PC+network+peripheral model because the model only works if you have enough leverage.

There used to be a wall of money large enough to prevent the real world entering castle Redmond. That is no longer the case. Whoever gets the job they will need to live in the real world or die in the imaginary one.

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Supermodel Lily Cole in Impossible partnership with Jimbo Wales, YOU

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Re: entire article

Me to. I only read the article because I didn't understand the headline. I've read it through twice now and I'm still none the wiser.

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Who’s Who: a Reg quest to find the BEST DOCTOR

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Relaunch Doctor

+1 for Eccleston. The relaunch Doctor. Many actors saw it as a poison chalice to relaunch a concept that had essentially died. All later Dr's owe him a debt.

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Every man, woman and child in the UK paid HP £21 last year

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Eh!

"Mapeley, is based in Guernsey."

The nations tax agency saves money by using tax-haven based spin off companies while criticising big business for saving money by using tax-haven based spin off companies.

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Laurie Love investigation stretches to Australia, Sweden

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Ironic?

Wouldn't it be a nice package some non-US citizens had illegally gained knowledge of the NSA illegally gaining knowledge on non-US citizens.

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Naughty Flash Player BURIED ALIVE in OS X Mavericks Safari sandbox

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I still think ...

... that there is so much ancient legacy code at the back of Flash that no one really knows how it all works any more. Hence the difficulty in fixing it.

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Why Bletchley Park could never happen today

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Re: No war

Agree.

In a real war people know who the enemy is and what victory looks like. Bletchley Park staff knew that why secrecy was paramount and looked forward to they day they could all stop doing it.

If any government want to stop whistle-blowers they should convince the people of the expediency of the bad stuff they do. That's not going to be easy because it's all bullshit.

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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"The global list of stolen devices is maintained by the GSMA"

Except most UK providers (IME) can't be bothered to ask your name let alone the details required to lock the phone.

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RUMBLINGS: Apple pondering 'Touch Cover keyboard' for iPads

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Hold on ...

... aren't there about a million third party keyboard/cover type thingies of various style and types already for the iPad? Some that act as cover/stand combos. Some actually sold in the Apple shops.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

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So in conclusion

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are incapable of change. These will continue to be XP whatever Microsoft do until the device of process becomes obsolete.

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to organisational units that require a lot of planning and effort to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings massively to the other side.

Significant numbers of XP machines are tied to devices or process that are difficult to change. These will continue to use XP until the cost/gain balance swings a little further to the other side.

Some XP machines could easily be changed but the administrator has yet to be convinced of the gain vs cost equation.

Give the type and size of the first two sets of users and the kind of commercial credibility required for their working practices it's only a matter of time until some major user group or industry sector forces Microsoft to offer XP some kind of XP lifeline.

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Hey banks: Use Win XP after deadline? You'll PAY if card data's snaffled

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Re: It ain't that damn hard

"Or expensive"

Got any figures?

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NHS tears out its Oracle Spine in favour of open source

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Re: Can anybody explain to me...

Oracle = Bad because of all the bad stuff they have been accused of in the past. Search El Reg forums for details.

FOSS = Good not in every case but in the case of the specific FOSS projects have been selected from the vast range available.

It's may look random but there are several comments here by people who have experience of those projects which are generally supportive. There are are a lot more by people who don't profess experience of anything and prefer to remain anonymous who are generally dismissive.

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Blighty's National Crime Agency nabs first crook ...for £750k cyberscam

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That was quick

They completed the investigation and got him through court in three days. Obviously this new system of renaming existing departments while cutting funds brings great advantages. </sarcasm>

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