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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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Loving the negative comments.

Think bigger picture.

This is a perfect example of the Internet of everything, and is a stepping stone to everything being connected.

SkyNet is not far away from self-awareness.

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Oz bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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I loved the front page news article from Cater Allen Bank (part of Santander):

"A number of news agencies and websites are currently reporting about the discovery of the 'Heartbleed Bug', a virus within software which is used by hackers as a way of compromising online security."

A virus. VIRUS. FFS.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Isn't it funny...

American rockets. Russian rockets.

All the parts are made in Taiwan anyway.

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It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer

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Authorised

And is there a definition of "authorised" scanning.

Just who in a business needs to engage with a third party and authorise them to run the scan. Is it the Head of IT Security. Is it the Head of IT? Is it the CEO who needs to authorise the scan? Is it actually agreed in writing in the job description of each person, or is there a gap which could leave the third party vulnerable to prosecution if it turns out it was the wrong person who request the scan?

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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When has a law ever stopped a French person doing whatever they want?

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Lycamobile launches 'unlimited' 4G for £12 a month. Great. Now where can I get a signal?

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"Three remains the best deal for fondleslabs"

I haven't read the T&Cs of this Three deal, but from previous experience of Three this might not be all it seems.

Three previously offered a SIM Zero - you only pay for what your use, no up front fee. Calls and texts were at a reasonable rate (if you made any, which you don't from a tablet), and you could buy a bundle of data (1GB was £5, good at the time).

Catch - you weren't actually allowed to use the SIM in a data device. It was for phones (not smartphones) only (Three's words). So while in theory it was great for fondleslabs (no calls), you weren't permitted by the T&Cs. I fail to see the difference - data is data, the device is irrelevant. But Three want your money for not providing a service.

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Wanna attend Apple's June developers' shindig? Ask yourself, 'Do I feel lucky?'

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"Who'd pay to got to an Apple Developer Conference?"

People pay $$$$$$$ every day to go to conferences. Not just IT, Sometimes they pay individually, sometimes their company pays, sometimes a vendor pays.

Just because you don't like the subject doesn't mean somebody else shouldn't have a party. Or more likely just because you're not on the gravy train doesn't mean someone else shouldn't enjoy the steak!

(And while Apple might not be highest on my preference list of conferences, if anyone wants to invite me for free I'll happily attend)

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Dimwit hackers use security camera DVRs as SUPER-SLOW Bitcoin-mining rig

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"Mining BitCoins these days requires a specialist rig featuring graphic cards so using low-powered embedded systems is not terribly practical."

Mining BitCoins requires CPU cycles. End of story. Where you obtain those CPU cycles from is your problem, and yes if you want to do it in one "CPU" then a GPU is one place.

It's like the old urban legend of the guy who collected up all the fractional payments the company rounded down on its payroll. A lot of tiny amounts soon adds up.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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"The database will be available to brands and companies that buy ads"

I own a UK Registered Limited Company.

Google sent me a voucher for £75 worth of AdWords, I might think about using it.

How do I get access to the list?

(tee hee)

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Interesting stance by some people here expecting to be able to move their purchased ebook from one format to another.

If you bought a good old fashioned dead tree book written in English, would you expect to be able to translate it into a dead tree version in French for free? I strongly suspect that would be in breach of copyright law.

Don't get me wrong - it would make sense that if I buy the right to read the text of an author (which is really what copyright is about) then I should be able to transfer my right to that text between different media as long as I only have one copy. But that's not the way any law is currently written.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: Dropped 11% in countries with blocking

Or alternatively, how much has it gone UP in countries without the blocking.

All those VPNs need to terminate somewhere ...

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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This is a PERFECT example of why rushed laws are regularly seriously flawed.

Westminster are bad at it, but the Holyrood Scottish Parliament (under both leaderships) has been worse, banning "this" and mandating "that".

Whichever way Scotland votes this year, both Westminster and Holyrood are going to need to learn to write laws without pandering to the Daily Mail et al. Laws should only be there as a last resort for those people who cannot be part of a functioning communal society, not to shape the general "good".

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: 10' pole

"Spare the rod and spare the child"

<gulp!>

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A sysadmin always comes prepared: Grasp those essential tools

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: £500 to update each parking machine?

Golden opportunity here, they should be upgrading the machines to take BitCoin at the same time

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What kid uses wires? FCC supremo angry that US classrooms are filled with unused RJ45 ports

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Won't somebody please think of the children.....

What is all that wireless traffic doing to their brains and bodies. Studies have generally fallen on the side of "it's safe" to use a wireless device. But what if you multiply the dose by 30 people in a room. Then you up the power of the base station (and add more base stations) to handle the additional load.

I'm not a conspiracy theorist and I use wireless devices regularly. But I can see where this is going...

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Bitcoin bust litigants fling sueballs at Japanese bank

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Pirate

If you will insist on dealing outside the regulated currency markets then you're going to get stung when they collapse/walk off with your money.

The banks won't deal in fiddling small change, and nobody's ever owned enough Ningi's to have one Pu.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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Re: Not one to ask BUT

"Why was the payroll data even linked / put on there website server?"

It wasn't.

It was "stolen and then uploaded onto a website"

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Re: Theft not hack

Doesn't matter if it was theft or hack, were sufficient measures put in place to attempt to prevent the loss of the data?

Since >80% of data loss incidents occur from inside, that is where the focus of protection should be.

It's hard to restrict the DBA of the HR system from accessing the data, but you wouldn't expect the web admin to have access. Edward Snowdon demonstrates that you can never prevent every loss, but only the ICO report will reveal if this was a leak through bad controls as well as bad people.

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Re: A little thing that bugs me...

"Plate Glass Maintenance Engineer"

Err, Window cleaner

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FANBOIS' EYES ONLY: United Airlines offers FREE MOVIES on iOS kit

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Pirate

Given Android's open nature, surely someone has written an App/Browser/Driver that makes it pretend to the outside world to be an iOS device?

(and just in case there isn't, I hereby declare this to be MY intellectual property as of now, timestamped to me here on El Reg, despite Apple trying to patent it in four years time).

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YOINK! Toyota reveals – then DENIES – Apple CarPlay by 2015

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"Never believe a rumour until it's officially denied" - Sir Humphrey Appleby

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WhatsApp chats not as secret as you think

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You get what you pay for...

And I'm not knocking it, WhatsApp is good for a free app.

But if you want secure communications you need to buy secure communications. There are plenty of companies out there that will sell you something to do the job (assuming you pass the government scrutiny of your case for secure communications).

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Barclays warns freelance techies of DOUBLE DIGIT rate cut

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Re: Perspective

@horsham_sparky

You pay corporation tax (20%) on the profits AFTER expenses (e.g salary), so if you were taking a full salary you wouldn't pay the corporation tax (but you would probably be giving the government 40%+ instead of the 20%). You choose - 20% or 40%

You're right that the gross turnover is NOT the take home money, but "Please get your facts straight before posting stuff like that" !

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Not just for Glasswipes: Google to drop SDK for all Android wearables

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Paris Hilton

WTF is SXSW ?

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VMware announces compulsory bi-ennial VCP recertification

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My proven skills in version X are not diminished by the release of version Y - its simply that the demand in the market for X are greatly diminished. Taking one exam from a selection every two years doesn't prove your knowledge is current - it simply states you've paid your (bi)-annual fee. To make "recertification" valid there should be a specific exam that covers a broad range of products and technologies considered current - an "upgrade" exam if you like.

While in theory Certifications open the doors to interviews, I've always found its more about who I know rather than the bits of paper I've got.

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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No need for one of these to connect to my iPhone.

My butler already bring the coffee and bacon at the arranged time.

Don't all iDevice owners have butlers?

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

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Screw the French and their snails.

Nemetode worms from the Southern hemisphere have destroyed our pitch at Murrayfield and that's a far more serious concern!!!

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Hundreds of folks ready to sue Bitcoin exchange MtGox

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Precisely why governments introduced regulation of traditional banks - without some form of backed security, who would use them.

The naive and the criminals is the answer.

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Re: Horses and Stable Doors...

Horses and Stable Doors...

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Stable door hasn't closed yet

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Unhappy

Curious one this, since the delivered device isn't usually "built" to a operating state - normally you've got some setup questions to answer for it to configure itself.

So unless Dell are setting the user up, the Firefox isn't really being installed, but merely being added to the image for the user to install. And then Microsoft's Browser Choice kicks in (its a £ charge so this must be a UK order that falls under the EU browser rules agreed with MS an the EU). With Browser Choice offering to install Firefox for free.

While possibly nothing technically illegal in Dell charging a fee to install Firefox, its extremely exploitative at best.

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New design flaw found in crypto's TLS: Pretend to be a victim online

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It's ironic that its the Enterprise type services that typically use Digital Certificates that will be more vulnerable than the standard home users who "just have a username and password".

But then if the certificate was backed by a username and password you'd have a multi-layered security model that isn't as weak as it's weakest link.

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Bitcoin bank Flexcoin pulls plug after cyber-robbers nick $610,000

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Put your money in a Frontier bank and you've got to expect the Bandits will try and raid it.

And if the banks security is not as good as it could be, occasionally the Bandits will succeed.

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: As Salmond himself said,

@Richard 12 - Yes it's widely banded around that "they can't stop us using Sterling even if we have no currency union". Sounds great to the pro-yes supporters in rallying support.

Well, in theory at least. In practical terms using any foreign currency without a currency union would be fraught with difficulties.

On a day to day basis the pound in the pocket would continue without any problems. However all major currencies have controls in place on larger transaction to limit fraud and money laundering (£10,000 in the UK) and this then places controls in the hands of the UK treasury for the legitimate routing of the (electronic) transaction. These are enforced through SWIFT in Europe, so you can't escape the electronic controls. Transactions would therefore require routing through an rUK regulated bank, which would introduce international transaction charges, could introduce delays through international AML controls and might even lead to tax liabilities in foreign jurisdictions if the laws aren't amenable.

Cash does potentially avoid the problem, so perhaps a black economy in laundered Sterling notes is what the Scottish government would like to see...

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Bitcoin requires regulation NOW!

No, not for the prevention of crime but to simple gain legitimacy.

So I'll correct the headline - any digital currency that really wants to become global and secure is going to need to find a way to prove its stability and security. That only happens in two ways:

1. through worldwide agreed regulation; or

2. through a historic (i.e. decades) proof of security and stability. So the quick way to be acceptable to the general population is through regulation.

The recent failures of exchanges and thefts don't help the public trust of digital currency. Nobody (sensible) is going to convert large sums of legitimate savings into a form that's got no guarantees.

So if you want Bitcoin to become widely accepted - an everyday currency - find some way to have it properly trusted and secured. Have it regulated.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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So since the Volume Licensing companies are clearly breaking contract law by reselling licenses (ha!), why are Microsoft making them Partners instead of taking them to court?

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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OK, so it's not entirely impossible that the LHC, or VLHC, or any of a number of these experiments will trigger so apocalyptic chain reaction.

In fact the LHC is more likely to blow up the earth before somebody finds proof that God exists.

It's just highly improbable.

Maybe the VLHC just needs a really really hot cup of tea.

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

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Joke

Surely the simplest option is to lace the prisoners food with Picolax - that would prevent the, er, storing of mobile phones.

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Microsoft gets with the times, builds two-factor authentication into Office 365

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It's not turd polishing, you get what you pay for.

If you want to host your own service in house that's fine. You buy the hardware and storage, software licenses, backup capacity, resilience, support, etc. If you add up what that costs to provide anywhere near the same level of availability then cloud starts to make sense.

Agreed there are potential security issues - nobody wants the NSA et al to be reading their data. There are ways to encrypt it in the cloud, but really, does anything you are storing need that level of security (you're not planning on blowing up a plane, are you?) And if you do need to maintain high security (FCA, DPA, etc), then you've probably already justified the cost of the hardware, storage, software licenses, backup capacity, resilience, support, etc.

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Re: So, that would be

What happened to the simple extrapolation to VLHC - Very Large Hadron Collider?

That's what happened with the classification of ships (bulk carriers and tankers).

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Cisco asks court to bin Rockstar patents

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Re: Probably because it is wrong

"Joint and severally liable" - where two or more persons are liable in respect of the same liability.

The full rent for the property was due by all the occupants. Unless they had separate agreements with the landlord then all occupants were equally liable for the full rental and anyone not paying was an internal disagreement between the occupants and had nothing to do with the landlord. Until they didn't pay in full, at which point he would have an option for eviction.

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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Right, off to Music Magpie to sell my Jean Michel Jarre CDs - he's not charging me multiple times for his music every time I upgrade my hardware.

What a really, really, really stupid idea.

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

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There are lots of things that are "illegal".

Driving a motor vehicle above the posted speed limit in the UK has been one of them for many years, yet our emergency services (until the recent addition of explicit exemptions) have "broken the law" many time a day.

It is for a court to decide if the illegal activity is justified, and it is for the Crown Prosecution Service to decide if prosecution is in the public interest.

So to say that GCHQ are "acting with impunity" is wrong. It's about whether someone can find sufficient evidence to prove guilt, and whether a prosecution is in the public interest.

Somehow I suspect the vast majority of the public will consider it "just" for hackers to be targeted by the authorities.

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Life support's ABOUT to be switched off, but XP's suddenly COOL again

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Re: "none of them have had any security problems"

@Pascal. No, what it means is that the XP machines have not been placed into a situation where they are exploitable.

If you're on a decently secured network behind well maintained firewalls and you leverage good proxies and good security controls then you minimise the risk of being attacked.

"not having security problems" is about having multiple layers of security in place - lots of thinner layers are much more secure than one big thick layer, so using a partially protected XP behind well maintained firewalls is safer than a fully patched Linux desktop directly connected to the Internet.

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Three-yaarrgh! Major UK mobile network's data goes down

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"Despite having no access to the web, frustrated users still managed to tweet about how annoyed they were to be kicked offline:"

Err, Twitter is available from more than just phones. Like a good old fashioned PC or Mac connected to a wire.

Or by SMS if you've set it up, and SMS was still working.

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: more lessons

NatWest also offer reminders and alerts by SMS, so even if you haven't had the email or postal statement it acts as a trigger to check your account. Resilience is a great thing when leveraged properly.

NatWest appear to have made a mistake, but as had been said people really need to take some responsibility for themselves (and in fairness to the victim in this case he appears to have accepted his part in the mistake and "The real annoyance was NatWest's refusal to deal with the problem.")

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Lloyds Group probes server crash behind ATM, cash card outage

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Never mind Banking, clearly you know nothing at all about IT.

Yes, they have and use failovers. But it depends on the nature of the fault before you can invoke a failover.

Hardware generally yes, no problem, automatic failover can be almost instant, even geographically dispersed.

Software, middleware, transaction processing - maybe not - it just depends what has failed and if its possible to move the multiple transaction threads or if you need to stall the processing and move it in a controlled manual manner.

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Apple plans to waggle iNormous 4½-incher in fanbois' faces

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Flame

"Apple is preparing to unveil a new iPhone with a..."

What's new?

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Apple: That 'white screen of death' nightmare? We'll fix it... AT SOME POINT

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Gimp

At least this time they've acknowledged that there might be a problem.

Despite several hundred forum pages about the 3GS crashing in the middle of calls there was never any official recognition that the problem existed. Strange that the problem disappeared when iOS4 was released. I guess Apple is starting to emerge from its Banana Republic Dictatorship roots into an open, free and inclusive society.

(downvote in 3,2,1...)

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Developers: Behold the bug NOBODY can fix

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Sheldon: Why do you have the Chinese character for "soup" tattooed on your right buttock?

Penny: It's not "soup," it's "courage."

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