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Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!

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Re: Single point of failure?

Only if the routing tables permit the traffic to bypass GCHQ.

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Re: So...

You know what they say about people who assume...

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

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Maybe I've missed something. If the "deal" was drawn up, how can either side appeal against the deal?

The whole point of agreeing a deal is so that you don't go through the court process. I can only see a case for a legal challenge if one side was duped into an unfair deal, something I find it hard to believe would happen to Apples lawyers.

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Europe may ask Herr Google: Would you, er, snap off your search engine? Pretty please

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Way to go Europe

just what we need. Another layering of company operations that will present new legal opportunities for tax avoidance.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Happy

USB Desktop Hard Drives

I have two. Anywhere between once a week and once month I plug one in and let the NAS backup utility copy all data.

At least one disk is always at my Mothers house 7 miles away.

Backup is about what you can afford to lose. I've created myself an acceptable loss scenario that works for me, and I suspect it will work for many other people.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Necessity is the mother of invention. We will need to reduce energy consumption and we will need to find cleaner ways to make energy.

To take a steer from Douglas Adams: "fruit and berries on strange planets either make you live or make you die. Therefore the point at which to start toying with them is when you're going to die if you don't."

And in the grand scheme of things, we're closer to death than you can possibly imagine.

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Citadel Trojan snooped on password managers to snatch victims' logins

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Boffin

This is why you should have 2FA on your Password Manager, and a physical one at that. Even if the keystrokes are compromised a second out of band authentication is required.

Yubikey works with LastPass and anyone can set it up. There are other physical implementations out there too.

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Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: reminds me

@AC

Nobody is suggesting you own the copyright or the design. If you buy a physical CD you buy a license to listen to the music and the physical media. Part of the license permits you to transfer the media and content license to someone else in its entirety. i.e. Second hand CDs have value.

Why should it be any different for online content you've paid for? Let's face it, most of it costs the same either on physical media or in digital format, so the music industry cannot argue they are losing out. Digital presents a challenge in preventing illegal copying, but the principle still stands on ownership of an asset. Or are we suggesting that music should self destruct on CDs when the original purchaser dies?

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Google bags OBSCENELY LARGE Times Square ad space for New Year's

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Re: Thank you, El Reg

Especially since the size of a football field (soccer) is variable

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Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

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owning a share, or owning it all

The wholly Irish company is wholly owned by the American company. i.e. ALL the shares, and therefore ultimately in control.

While there may be shareholders in Barclays who are resident in the USA, no single entity owns sufficient shares to be considered the overall owner. From a quick search, Qatar seems to be the largest shareholder these days.

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

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Re: Simples...

Just because it's in the T&Cs doesn't automatically make it accepted or acceptable. There are plenty of cases of unfair terms being thrown out by e courts, and this sounds likely to be one of them.

I suspect the credit card company will agree and will have immediately refunded and chargeback'd. After all, while the hotel allegedly provided bad service to the guests, they played no part in facilitating the review. They are therefore attempting to charge for something they did not provide (aside from the irony of semantics).

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HORROR! Imagine if anyone could find out EVERYTHING you EVER tweeted

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Hmmmm, Twitter setting itself up for a fight with the EU then? Right to be forgotten? Right to privacy? Ability to delete what has been published?

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Mozilla, EFF, Cisco back free-as-in-FREE-BEER SSL cert authority

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FFS people, this is not meant to be a panacea for all situations, it's a way to encourage the simple configurations on a large number of simple websites to switch on encryption. It's as much about educating world+dog on making communication secured as it is about the actual securing of those channels.

There are always going to be more complex configurations that will still require you to get your certs from the existing CAs.

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Then don't use the service and either:

A) Manually configure and maintain your own certificates; or

B) Keep running unencrypted.

For the millions of website admins out there who haven't got a clue, this will be a good thing.

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Too expensive to rename?

This from a region that has a fast food outlet renamed to PFK

That's "Poulet Frit Kentucky"

Even in France they call it KFC!!!

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Gee THANKS: Cryptoscum offer a free decrypt in latest ransomware racket

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Yes, yes, everyone should backup, and we have no sympathy for those that don't.

But seriously! Most people I know don't have the skills or technology to recover their data. The machine will need wiped and reinstalled. Maybe they made those recovery disks that never actually work, or maybe they need a pristine ISO. Chances are they'll need to take it to somebody who'll charge to rebuild.

Just to recover the data they'll probably need a second machine, but still will need help with the recovery.

if the governments can't act against the criminals, perhaps it's time to let Bryan Mills loose...

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Feds to auction off second tranche of Silk Road Bitcoins worth $19 MEEELLION

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Don't tell America it's now a Communist state...

You have some assets. The government needs some cash, so they seize your assets and accuse you of a crime. If you're found not guilty you still don't get anything back. Instead you need to find more money to take the government to court. Which will take years.

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Fasthosts goes titsup, blames DNS blunder

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"Inevitably, some folk were already demanding compensation for the loss of service, which has probably hit some Blighty businesses hard at the start of a working week."

I'm sure the compensation rates are fully documented in the Service Level Agreement you signed between your company and the outsource supplier and that the insurance policy you took out to cover your business critical infrastructure failures will cover any further shortfall due to the outage.

Sorry, what's that? You haven't got an SLA? You didn't insure your outsourced service?

Perhaps the insurance won't pay if you didn't have a Business Continuity Plan (or failed to adequately test it).

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LSI driver bug is breaking VSANs, endangering data

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Boffin

It might not be VMWares fault, but it is VMWares problem if it affects a substantial proportion of the installed estate.

One can only hope that VMWare is working very closely with LSI to help resolve the issue.

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Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals

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Pirate

Perhaps it's time for the tech giants to relocate their headquarters and company registration to a more friendly jurisdiction. Most of their tax affairs are already there...

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Apple: Want a PATCH for iOS Masque attack? TOUGH LUCK, FANBOI

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Why do I have a feeling of déjà vu?

"It's theoretical, it'll never happen". And then it did.

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Bible THUMP: Good Book beats Darwin to most influential tome title

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Good to see that four fictional works are considered so important (sarcastic smiley).

Given YouGov's reach I'm surprised they were only surveying 2,000. Doesn't strike me as likely to be representative of the UK as a whole. Do it again with 20,000 and I'll bet the bible and qur'an slip down the list.

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Re: Pedant alert

No, it's more a case of ISPs deliberately preventing an encrypted channel from being formed between the two servers so that the subsequent communication is unencrypted.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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What ever they decided to do, we want video!

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EU Ryanair 'screen-scraping' case could affect biz models

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Re: Click through

"By clicking Find Flights IAgree to website terms of use" in tiny faint letters above the huge Ryanair blue Find Flights button

So not even a tick box.

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SO LONELY: Woman DARED to get rid of her iPHONE - Apple DUMPED all her TXTS

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Never mind failed messages after leaving Apple, when iMessage first appeared I found regular delays and failed messages. Rarely did it "fall back to SMS".

iMessage was disabled pretty sharpish and has never been turned on since.

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Are open Wi-Fi network bods liable for users' copyright badness?

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D'oh!

Don't know about your model of hardware, but mine still allows a password on the "guest wifi". Guest wifi simply provides Internet access and blocks local network access.

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Is the cafe providing commercial (albeit free) access to a private broadband connection (in breach of contract), or providing commercial access to a business broadband service that permits it to be resold (which is being done if it's a cafe, you're buying the coffee to get free access)?

If it's full commercial broadband you'll probably find its already covered by the ISP regulations and contract. If it's a private connection you are sharing, you're probably going to find you are responsible for its illegal use.

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Re: So all that's required is that you set a password ?

You've missed the point. It's not about anonymity, it's about copyright theft - if I permit someone to use my wifi and they steal movies and music, am I liable for their actions. If they download illegal material, am I liable?

By setting a password you will be deemed to be "in control" of the wifi network and therefore (rightly or wrongly) liable for illegal activity. If you log who uses it (and they can be traced by the authorities), that becomes evidence it wasn't you directly who breached copyright. With no password, you currently have no defence.

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'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Perhaps since nobody other than terrorists has anything to hide the government should remove all encryption from all government traffic - keep it free and open for us honest good citizens to read since it won't contain anything that is at all controversial, commercial or personal.

No? Thought not. Muppet!

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Apple on the art of the deal: 'Put on your big boy pants and accept the agreement'

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Re: Being made to put on Apple's big boy pants

No, you're just wearing them wrong

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HP emails personal data of 1,000 CDS workers to 3rd party

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"It is understood that the incident was caused by human error, but HP has processes in place to prevent these types of outcomes, and it is not known why the person did not follow them."

Which is why you take precautions to prevent human error from causing major problems. Like Data Leakage Protection between your internal and external connections. Something that detects things like National Insurance Numbers and PAN details in an email and blocks it from being sent outside the company without additional authorisation.

FFS Exchange 2013 has some of this built in already, its not hard you know!!!

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ONE FIFTH of Win Server 2003 users to miss support cutoff date

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Re: The last Windows Server Operating System

Don't need tape drives anymore...

... until you need to recover something from an old tape.

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Re: Crevice

Intergluteal cleft

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Re: The major problem with W2003

@LDS

"As MS is the only "enterprise" thas ask you to upgrade its product once every eleven year"

Er, no. Most industrial plant equipment is capitalised over 10-20 years and expected to last longer. Several factories I visit still use lathes and similar equipment that are 40 years old. Only consumer grade shit has built in obsolescence. (Cue comments about Windows being consumer grade).

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Boffin

Since the campaign is allegedly about regulation for laser eye surgery in the UK I would expect the campaigner to have websites and social media pages that do not name any particular supplier of the service. Or is that not the point...

I guess that wouldn't garner as many column inches in the press if there was no "big business stopped me complaining".

(Safety glasses on)

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

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"We spent £78m on security so we're safe" said some mouthpiece who clearly knows nothing about Security.

It's not what you spend that counts, it's what you implement. Some of the most secure systems on the planet are dirt cheap, just not particular convenient to use. And there in lies the rub. Contactless is about convenience at the expense of some of the security controls.

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UK.gov mulls what to do about digital currencies

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Putting an alternative spin on it, regulation will strengthen the adoption of digital currencies.

I'm not going to convert my savings to a format where I could lose the lot, but if digital banks are required to have guarantees and protection in the event of collapse then more people will use them. This will then make it harder to track the criminals. At the moment BitCoin is pretty much only used by criminals (joke) thus making it a nice easy way to track "dodgy geezers". Once Mrs Miggins in the high street starts playing Bingo with BitCoin the legitimate noise will increase masking the transactions of laundry.

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Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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Re: HMRC

CH14800 - Record Keeping

HMRC can specify in writing that records can be retained for shorter periods. It does (as of 03/11/14) state they "have not specified any shorter periods so far". Perhaps a retrospective award is about to be granted

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Would you recognise the Vans shoes logo? Neither would Euro trademark bods

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Clearly the judges don't wear "sneakers"

If Vans can't have their version of the word Vans with a line then surely Coca-Cola can't have their comic sans logo? There are plenty of other similar word based logos that would also fail.

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Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Coffee/keyboard

This shows just how flawed the ECJ ruling is.

The ECJ want the results filtered based on where the search takes place (I.e.inside Europe). So I'm sitting physically in Singapore but using my corporate provided laptop that is VPN'd into my US company and I exit the company to the Internet in New York. I'm doing research on behalf of a French company, so I use google.fr. Should the results be filtered?

Search results should not be filtered. If there is material published that is out of date then the OUT OF DATE material should be removed.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Re: Get ready for..

Too late, didn't you realise Apple now have the patent...

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"the greatest gifts God has given me"

I congratulate him on his honesty and wish him continued success, but I'm slightly troubled by his belief it came from Steve Jobs

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Apple spent just ONE DOLLAR beefing up the latest iPad Air 2

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Re: What about the VAT?

Nothing mentioned about Import Duty, that has different rules again and will be factored into the retail price. Then there's Import VAT to the EU since the goods aren't made inside the EU (and that is different from the retail VAT the consumer has paid)

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@Credas

The article states " this would mean Apple is raking in £230 on the sale of every slab."

"Raking in" is common slang for profit, but leaving that aside, as has been pointed out Apple aren't the only retailer, so they aren't even turning over the retail price of each slab. And the Gross Profit Margin is an estimate by an external company quoted to two decimal places, something I doubt even Apple knows internally. Lies, damned lies and journalism that belongs in The Sun.

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Apple to PROTECT YOU from dreaded TROUSER EXPLOSIONS

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Re: What about latex ...

Neither are particularly fire retardant. They might withstand some mistreatment from candle wax, but get the flame too close and you can end up with problems. Or so I'm told. No first hand experience. Honest.

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Storage array giants can use Azure to evacuate their back ends

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Re: "planned failover that guarantees zero data loss"

If it's properly planned then there's no reason to have data loss.

Microsoft can guarantee their part, what the user fucks up remains the users problem.

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Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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Could be worse

Normally there's a non disclosure clause on the existence of these types of rules, so at least we know up front what's being hidden.

Big red flashing lights and sirens pointing to "THERE'S A NEWS STORY HERE, BUT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO TELL YOU ABOUT IT"

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Tim Cook: The classic iPod HAD TO DIE, and this is WHY

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D'oh!

So that would be the iPod Nano then

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