* Posts by BillG

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YouTube: Nobody needs to get hurt Zoe, just sign the Ts&Cs

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"Anyone starting up a new video service?" she asked.

Rumor has it Twitter will be starting a video service. They are the only ones that can get away with it because they already have enough users, 280 million and counting.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: The new man

Not just music & video rights. Images, documents, personal information and your first born.

And more than that. Ever read the book 1984? Google wants control for control's sake. Power for the sale of power. People that think like that are the ultimate evil.

It doesn't stop until they can decide who lives, and who dies. Or being banned from the internet - forever.

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'Boozed up' US drone spook CRASHED UFO into US White House

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Black Helicopters

Re: I can imagine...

Because the White House radar is designed to spot larger threats, such as aircraft or missiles, the drone passed right on by.

Thanks for sharing this information with the Moody Drone Pilots of D.C.

Maybe instead of an investigation, the White House might want to upgrade their radar?

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FROSTY MISTRESS of the Outer System: Pluto yields to probe snapper

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Re: Billion

Russell Crowe made a comment about banking 'bail-outs' seven or so years, he said something like 'Why don't they divide it up and just give x thousand dollars to every member of the population.'

There's something to be said for that. Most of the bailout money did go directly to the richest 1%. When you do the math, for the total amount the U.S. Congress spent on "bailouts", you could give each household in the USA $14,000.

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Re: I'm free!

In my home experience you can't move, or reinstall, on a new motherboard. Even the W7 Retail seemed to have cloning protection that limited any hardware changes, including a new disk, to one every three months

In Win XP you can move to new hardware by a nice hack.

Clone the original HD, put new HD back in the original hardware, boot, say a prayer then open Device Manager and delete all system devices and drivers (ouch!). POWER OFF the machine (do not shutdown Windows), then put new HD in new hardware. After a few reboots, you're in new hardware. Works most of the time, if it doesn't, that's why you saved your original HD.

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Video nasty: Two big bugs in VLC media player's core library

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Re: FFS

GOM Media Player used here.

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

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Re: Evidence?

why is the US intel community disclosing source and methods just to bolster the credibility of its explanation for the Sony hack?

Because it's to Sony's benefit.

It's better for Sony stockholders if they believe Sony was up against a powerful state-sponsored attack from an evil nation, rather than admit Sony's security was the equivalent of a screen door for a submarine hatch and (this part is true) only one technical person at Sony was tasked with internet security while multiple security analysts told Sony their security system should be nicknamed The Titanic.

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Firefox 35 stamps out critical bugs

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Re: Have they enabled look like Firefox yet?

I'm still on 27, too. I shouldn't have to use addons to replace functionality they took away, it's not a stable solution. Also, on or about FF32 it broke compatibility with custom toolbars we have been using since FF3.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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Re: Well

You can torture statistics to mean anything. And if you play on peoples fears you can force them into action they wouldnt rationally choose.

And if you're really good at this you have a career in politics.

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US drug squad cops: We snooped on innocent Americans' phone calls too!

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Re: Ultimately terminated?

"The agency is no longer collecting bulk telephony metadata from US service providers" a DoJ spokesperson noted in the political blog The Hill.

...adding, "Trust us, we wouldn't lie to you TWENTY times in a row, would we?"

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FBI boss: Sony hack was DEFINITELY North Korea, haters gonna hate

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Re: Yeah...

The director of the FBI has defended his bureau's claim that the hacking attack against Sony Pictures was the work of the North Korean government – saying skeptics "don't have the facts that I have."

...adding "Trust us, we wouldn't lie to you TEN times in a row, would we?"

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We are never getting back to... Samsung's baking Apple's 14nm 'A9' chips?

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Re: Yes, of course they would

Apple negotiates very hard on price. So hard that careless manufacturers make a loss - on a huge scale.

That's exactly what Apple does. And what Apple just discovered, just like Amazon and General Motors, is that building chips is massively more difficult than writing software.

Samsung knows the value of their chip design and manufacturing and they charge market value for it. It takes skill, experience, and experience (yes, I wrote it twice) to design and manufacture something as advanced as an A9. Apple demanding wafer-thin margins isn't going to budge Samsung.

I've seen this before. Apple demands on paying an absurdly low price for the A9's, "or else". Samsung calls Apple's bluff and refuses. Apple then thinks they can make the chips themselves, and in the process they discover that talented 14nm design engineers are very rare, as they piss away half a a billion dollars designing an A9 that doesn't work.

After a feeble attempt to find another supplier, a humiliated Apple goes crawling back to Samsung, who can now charge more money for the A9's.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Re: WTF does STRAPONE mean?

It means that they have no dick...

Well that's what I heard.

(anyone get the movie reference?)

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

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Re: Don't you just love cost savings...

Sony execs could best spend the Christmas period reflecting not on how much IT costs their business, but upon how much they have cost their business by trying to cut costs in IT.

In an ideal world, yes. But in the cold reality of the movie business, I'm sorry to say that what you will see, in the very near future, is Sony execs voting themselves obscenely-massive multi-million dollar bonuses.

This is what corporations do when the Company appears to be on the brink of bankruptcy, which Sony will soon face (due to lost business, lawsuits, etc). Corporate officers take as much money as they can so the employees can't get it. Take a look at what Wall Street firms did in the 2008 crash.

There will be no guilt, no remorse from Sony executives. Instead there will be a giant sucking sound as the greedy corporate vampires of Sony's top brass sucks all the cash out of the dying company.

Until corporate officers are held PERSONALLY RESPONSIBLE for hacks, privacy violations, etc. this sort of thing will continue.

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Hilton, Marriott and co want permission to JAM guests' personal Wi-Fi

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Re: Jammers ???

BTW, we are faced with the problem here that they want to change the law to something that we all think is wrong. It's like with banksters, they (mostly) don't break the laws, the laws are just plain wrong. In a democracy the laws now must be changed.

In a democracy, the winner is whomever has the most money.

In this case, the winner will be the side that has the best lobbying group, regardless of the law. I know, it sucks, but that's the world we live in.

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Sony sued by ex-staff over daft security, leaked privates

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Re: Too early to judge

It's quite possible that their IT people tried and tried and tried to get Sony's upper management to invest in proper security, but their business case analyses were rejected and they were told to go away.

I see it as a form of Corporate Darwinism.

The fittest companies have management that is intelligent enough to invest in IT security.

The unfit lack the intelligence, and so these companies will die away.

It's telling that this year many utility companies (gas, electric, etc) were unable to get "hacked insurance" because audits revealed their security was so embarrassing they could not get insurance at any cost.

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These NORK idiots just made it my patriotic duty to go see this movie.

There is really no firm evidence that N. Korea was behind this hack. It's unlike them to not take credit - that is, if N. Korea did this it would be typical of them to proudly and openly take credit for the hack. They have never been coy.

And it is to Sony's advantage to paint this as coming from NORK.

Personally, I would not financially support Sony's incompetence by seeing this movie, or any Sony movie in theater or disc.

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Google must free us from 'invisible web of our personal data' – DPA

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15 whole million? I bet they are quaking in their boots ...

That's about half-a-day's profits to Google.

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TalkTalk customers demand opt-out fix for telco's DNS ad-jacking tactics

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Re: Virgin does the same

When I had Comcast they had the same. Except that when you disabled it, after a few weeks it would re-enable itself while the box for disable was still checked.

At first Comcast made me jump through hoops to disable - multiple levels of telephone support where EACH level told you to restart your PC, restart your modem, clear your cache, clear your DNS, etc. You would tell them you just did it and they would say "this is the procedure in front of me". Each level of tech support made you do this until I discovered from a neighbor that worked for Comcast that it was done on purpose to discourage you from disabling it. They would annoy into giving up.

I finally got it permanently disabled by going full Rainman techno-geek on one particularly difficult and condescending support guy. I mindlessly talked about DNS hijacking, routing tables, etc. When they asked me to reboot my computer I would quickly ask "soft reboot or hard reboot? Do you know the difference? Won't a reboot clear my DNS cache secondary lookup table (I was just making up technical phrases)" I spoke so fast and refused to hang up or let him end the call. I finally made myself so difficult that he permanently disabled it!!!

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Sony to media: stop publishing our stolen stuff or we'll get nasty

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Re: Sony Entertainment

"Please don't post the truth that leaked. It gets in the way of the lies we sell."

- Sony Entertainment

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HORRIFIED Amazon retailers fear GOING BUST after 1p pricing cockup

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Re: Shurely

it had cancelled most of the orders placed on the items that had wrongly been marked with a 1p price tag.

I thought Amazon was supposed to honor those purchases?

For the past two years, there is a book I have kept in my "Saved for Later" list that I watch fluctuate between $8.00 and $800.00. I'm sure Amazon would be happy to rip off any chumps that paid $800 for the thing.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Re: Mandiant job order: item one ...

It's clear that Sony wants to paint this breach as being overpowering, overwhelming, and leading-edge. Better still if they can blame it on North Korea.

Of course, facts like Sony stored passwords unencrypted in a file called Passwords, and that only two IT people were assigned to oversee security (monitored by two managers, two directors, and one Vice President, the five of which should be held criminally liable) seems to indicate that Sony could have been hacked by someone armed with only a Speak-and-Spell...

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Sony quietly POODLE-proofs Playstations

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Re: Why the delay?

As Palemoon is a fork of Firefox I just wonder why Mozilla has been so slow to patch Firefox.

All versions of Firefox can be patched with a few quick edits in About:config.

security.ssl3.rsa_fips_des_ede3_sha = False

security.tls.version.min = 2

On some earlier versions of Firefox there is something like "security.ssl3.enable" which can be set to false.

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US Ass. Commerce Sec hits back at claims global DNS is DOOMED

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Holmes

Humans are not rational actors. Any plan that relies on them to be - and keep on being - rational actors will fail. Intelligent, powerful people know this. They rely on it. It is how they obtain and retain power.

Thus I can only conclude that by advancing a plan wherein the core checks and balances boil down to a reliance on humans to be rational actors there is malicious intent.

Very well said. And this is why some voters are easily fooled.

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Feds dig up law from 1789 to demand Apple, Google decrypt smartphones, slabs

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Re: "George, did you chop down that cherry tree?"

What the Feds are conveniently ignoring is Roe v. Wade.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made abortion constitutionally legal is based on the 14th amendment's inference that all Americans have a "right to privacy".

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: Assuming nothing more material was said on Facebook etc.

They are effectively saying let's use the tragic death of a soldier to monitor everybody online.

The key word here is EVERYBODY. Follow the money - with the information gained, think of the insider trading government wonks can get away with. Monitoring everyone online is a license to get rich.

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Why did it take antivirus giants YEARS to drill into super-scary Regin? Symantec responds...

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Re: Are we considering the obvious

I've been thinking the same thing, it's government sponsored malware and the antivirus companies are in on it. But does that apply to eastern European antivirus vendors like Kaspersky and Bitdefender?

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Amazon: Put our ALWAYS ON MICROPHONE in your house, please. WHAT?

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Re: Lunacy

Imagine the device is backed by an ethical company who understand security well enough that the device is secure, both from hackers, and the NSA.

Unfortunately, such a company would not be allowed to exist.

First, the stockholders/investors/C-levels would not allow it as there are dumptrucks full of money, money, money to be made in selling other people's data. Even if such a company existed, it would be for only a brief period of time as their cash-drunk competitors selling your data would drive these ethical companies out of business.

Second, governments would not allow it to exist - look at the misery being heaped on Android by the NSA etc. for encrypting phone contents. It's just a matter of time before this encryption is made illegal.

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

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Re: reducing energy consumption

I'm not sure how they're 'Top Google enginners', either: There were only two of them and they couldn't do the job they were asked to. They sound like dregs to me! :)

Just because you don't like their conclusions doesn't mean they're wrong.

Like the article said, anyone with a decent understanding of physics knows that "renewable energy" isn't the answer. Those of us with degrees in engineering figured it out right away. And the people that claim that "we need to make new discoveries" are people that don't understand basic physics.

If you want to have fun with someone who keeps making claims about renewable energy and climate changes, ask them one simple question: "What causes rain?"

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Supposedly it's so pricey in silicon valley, the facebookers' and googlers' $100k salaries are barely enough to survive

The San Francisco suburbs, including Silicon Valley, is one of the most expensive places in the USA to live in. Believe me, it's impossible to live on $100K a year there, even if you never socialize and always eat at home. These drivers at $20/hour make $41.6K/year, they must have spouses that work.

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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Re: I thought the article did explain

The article reads like the partisan hit piece it is. The whole thing reeks of Democrat Good, Republican Bad.

I read the same thing. I've lost respect for The Reg.

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Ha ha, fooled you! Shares tumble over G4S fake website profit warning

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Re: https

Well, there is a separate issue here. You have analysts that read the fraudulent release, know that it's a fraudulent release, but understand that there are going to be people that take the fraudulent release seriously and so they sell the stock anyway. Perception becomes reality.

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Don't Make Me Laugh

"It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens..."

"...so it can be as big a failure here as it is there."

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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WTF?

Re: Blame the prosecutor: He could have been charged with fraud.

I agree with blame the prosecutor. Oddly enough, the way the courts handled this is more suspicious than the crime!

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Depends on perspective

I still have a rejected comment submission on my profile on here because it happened to diss a famous recruitment agency that was pushing sponsorship The Reg's way.

I was most miffed at that. I thought The Reg was better than to censor comments in such a fashion.

Better at what? The Reg is here to make a profit, just like the websites I run myself. What, exactly, did you expect? Do you want The Reg to sacrifice their money so you can rant for free? If someone disses one of my advertisers, I'm going to take action, too. Anyone paying me is showing loyalty to my hard work. I want to reward that.

I understand your position and your need for justice, but - at the end of the day in the real world, these websites - The Reg, Facebook, Twitter, etc. - are out there to make a profit. That keeps the lights on and feeds my family. You and your opinions are not more important than my family. For-profit businesses are not the outlet of social justice you're looking for. I know this doesn't sound "right", but it is the way it is.

I say this gently - if you still want social justice, do it with your own money. Don't demand that others spend theirs to pay for your opinions.

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Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble

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Re: He's right.

Of course it won't work. But it doesn't matter. Just like Amazon and their drone delivery scheme, this is just a heavily-funded publicity stunt to impress the sheeple. It's about branding, making the public think nice, lofty thoughts about these companies.

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iBail: American Psycho actor Christian Bale rejects Steve Jobs role

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Most actors would *kill* to work with Sorkin

I think most actors would kill to work with Tarantino. For a look at Sorkin on a recent angry childish rant, take a look at "Studio 60" on YouTube.

For Sorkin at his stellar best, look at "Sports Night". Genius writing.

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Aaron Sorkin's scripts have gotten more and more angry as he rants against "the establishment", religion, network TV, etc. I'm wondering if the reason why actors are walking away is Sorkin wrote another angry script?

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Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Lawyers

And after these lawyers get done with it, Macbook users will end up getting 3% of the settlement.

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Voyager 1 now EIGHTEEN LIGHT HOURS from home

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Re: New ElReg unit

V'GER REQUIRES THE INFORMATION

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: Windows 10 is fugly

This is just Microsoft's history - every other consumer OS intro is a dud.

Witness:

Windows 3.1 dud

Windows 3.11 SUCCESS

Windows 95 dud

Windows 98 SUCCESS

Windows ME dud

Windows XP SUCCESS

Windows Vista dud

Windows 7 SUCCESS

Windows 8 dud

Windows 10 Success?

I left out Windows 2000 & NT variations because they were never marketed as consumer operating systems.

BTW, Windows 2000 may have been the best OS MS ever made. If only it had a firewall it would have been a great consumer OS.

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Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

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Re: How would you tell Drive wasn't working?

wtf is Google + ? Isn't it just that annoying login (I refused to use) on YouTube?

Google+ = The social media website no one wants to use.

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French 'terror law' declares WAR on the INTERNET itself, say digi-rights folks

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Re: Who defines terrorist ?

France has effectively declared war on the internet.

France is expected to surrender next week.

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: Intel is selling tablet SoCs for approximately 7 cents each

That's interesting. I'd assumed Intel managed to strongarm companies like Asus (who are also players in the x86 market) into doing x86-mobile occasionally by applying a little "encouragement" to the x86 desktop and server chunks of the company.

The truth is Intel offered Asus free design engineering services to get them to use their components. I've done it myself when selling a core that my customer doesn't have experience with. It's an effective win-win technique.

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Holmes

Let's see if I understood this: if I want to make Microsoft take a video I don't like from Youtube, I just have to get a hold on a stolen Windows 8 key, create a fake Youtube account, and post the key in the comments?

I suspect it's broader than that. Since MS is only web searching for product keys, you could probably post the key in the comments of ANY YouTube video and get it taken down.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Money talks

the judge granted the warrant, explaining: “If the territorial restrictions on conventional warrants applied to warrants issued [in this case], the burden on the Government would be substantial, and law enforcement efforts would be seriously impeded.”

Translation: "It would be too hard to get this data legally so screw it, just hand it over, bitch."

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Nope

Operation Elop debunks the weird conspiracy theory that Elop had been brought in to sell the company back to Microsoft cheaply

Actually, I've seen this happen. A CEO is brought in by the board with the (undocumented) understanding that he will make questionable decisions that lead to selling the company to a specific corporation.

Unless you are specifically told what is going on, this is completely impossible to prove as absolutely nothing is documented to prove this. What does happen is that the CEO and certain other complicit managers walk away with millions six months or more after the acquisition, usually covered under money that is kept in escrow for undisclosed purposes.

On the surface it all looks very legal because you can't prosecute intent.

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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WTF?

To shore up his argument, he recapped the US's scuppering of a 2009 terrorist attack on the New York subway and the arrest of lead suspect Najibullah Zazi

Hasn't it been proven that Zazi was captured purely by good police work, without any help from snooping Feds?

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Holmes

Re: Somebody has gotta simplify that agreement

We need lawyers to get us out of problems that we never would have gotten into in the first place if it wasn't for lawyers.

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