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BBC explains 'All your Twitter pics are belong to us' gaffe

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Linux

If it were me

I would only be annoyed when they don't attribute it.

If a big media company uses a previously unknown photographers work it gets their stuff out there. As long as it gets attributed then they'll get more work because of it. It's why I (intend to) put out free software.

Also they can always watermark stuff and put up low res copies only.

Not accrediting them though - that's just low.

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Anonymous unsheathes new, potent attack weapon

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I Doubt It

That kind of system will almost certainly be imposed if things carry on as they are but as soon as that happens people will just put their efforts into making better darknets and it'll be back to square one.

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iPad maker to replace 1 million staff with robots

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Well yeah but it's not like they started from scratch is it...

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Film studios thrash BT in Newzbin site-block test case

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Same as music

It's the same as music. Basically no one wants to buy these things because they really aren't worth it. I wouldn't give most modern music / film shelf space, let alone pay for the privilege.

Only now that DVDs are sold for £1 or so am I thinking of buying a few classics, which I may watch again. If the studios offered an unlimited, free streaming service for a fair price (and given the lack of quality in anything new I'm talking £5 / month here) then I'd consider paying for new stuff but otherwise, no way.

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News leech loses appeal on High Court copyright case

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WTF?

TV

So what about news programmes on TV, all of which have a section for going through what's in the papers? Will these now require a licence too (or do they already)?

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MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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wrong

Maybe he did not read your post, maybe he did. His point still stands though.

Clearly if you have an old computer and you stick 7 on it it will be slower than XP. But if you downgrade a new one and put XP on it, 7 will be faster (if not right away then definitely after a few weeks). Also as other people have pointed out - it's all about productivity and XP is crap compared to 7 for that.

Whenever I have to go back to XP on someone else's machine it takes twice as long to do anything (even when I remember the exact convoluted way to do it).

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Totally

Don't know about the toughbook thing but totally agree with the perception aspect - if I went to be a dev at a new place and found them all on that old junk I'd not bother with a second interview that's for sure. It shows a very bad, backward thinking mentality and resistance to change that would almost certainly be endemic throughout the whole business.

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Like what?

What missing functionality do you mean? I'm not flaming here, I'm actually interested in what you've had to get that you think should be part of the OS.

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Sony pains pre-owned game punters with PSN Pass

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Trollface

or maybe

Or maybe they could make games that weren't mindless churned out crap that can be completed in 6 hours so that their gamers actually hold onto them for more than a week?

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Universal Music passwords exposed by Anonymous hack

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Unhappy

Everyone

Unfortunately, I think that systems where the passwords are stored properly are actually the minority by a long way. That's certainly been the case with my own experience (inheriting existing projects).

Remember that developers who inherit stuff rarely decide their own priorities and customers only care about the issues that are impacting them NOW so "nice to haves" like having a semblance of proper security practice never get done.

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Freedoms Bill: Gov may U-turn on personal data and DNA retention

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Big Brother

title

How to get your pet law law pushed through or force government to make a U turn on a good idea: make it into a gender issue (say it will help find rapists), make it into a "child protection" issue, shout hysterically as loud as you can to every news paper.

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Stranger danger: Worse online, or on the street?

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Childcatcher

his first paragraph made sense

My reply was more to his second paragraph, which looks more like the attitude that you are describing. Just as there is not a pedo under every rock, there is not a pedo lurking in every web site.

And nah I'm not a parent but I'm speaking from my own experience being a kid with both net access and freedom to go outside.

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good point

That is a good point to be fair. Of course there is the correct middle ground of teaching the kids not to be idiots in the first place then they'll be responsible enough to use the net (unfiltered or otherwise) and not want to hang round with the scum bags.

And to the other guy - of course I'm not one of the DM "pedos are under every rock" group ... not sure where you got that idea from because that's the opposite of what I said. I think that the problem is over exaggerated both on the Internet and in real life and teaching kids responsibility and logic is the best solution.

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Big Brother

You are now on "the list"

Turning down CRB, almost as bad as "failing" one.

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Please tell me you are being sarcastic...

Do you honestly think that "predators" are "all online"?

Do you really think that paedophilia is a recent occurrence?

I take the piss saying that there are people who think that. Obviously I underestimated how ignorant people are of actual history.

I'd personally much rather have a kid on the net unfiltered than have then roaming the streets with the local chavs. I know which one is going to become a better person when they grow up that's for sure.

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Lulzsec gets hacking downunder

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Chavs

In the UK we have creatures called chavs, these are generally teenagers who hang round shops etc, intimidate people and vandalise phone boxes etc. These lot seem to be the Internet equivalent.

I don't mind hackers who expose bad security and tell the owner so they can fix it, even if they release stuff when the company ignores them. But lulz are doing it for no reason now, it's not even funny, it's just mindlessly destructive, just like chavs.

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BP world energy review: Chinese coal drives up CO2

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Trollface

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Or they will put their money into something much more sensible and develop it themselves and leave us living with electricity rations and a massive economic disadvantage. Of course it won't matter by then because anyone with any sense will have left.

Enjoy your idyllic agrarian lifestyle while you can though - those with the technology (and fewer morals) may need some beasts of burden in the future for experimenting on, using as soldiers and whatnot.

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Government hires Guardianista as digital chief

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Free

So free stuff for the scratters and the rest of us have to pay for it then.

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Welshman attempts to board train with pony

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I'd much rather share a train carriage with a pony than with a scum family with bored, screaming kids.

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DWP's poor IT systems threaten back-to-work scheme

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NSS

Damn right on all points - and not a surprise at all.

Oh and PrAP is an EDS product, just so you know :)

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IPCC report: Renewables can never meet energy demand

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It tastes the best because

it's made of people.

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YouTube comes clean: Content rental is king

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Go

Cool

Sounds cool, especially if it includes really up to date stuff (stuff where I really don't want to have to pay to see it at the cinema cause it only looks OK) for a lower price than the cinema (if it's the same or more then people will continue to download illegally and they'll get nothing).

Will it actually be available in the UK too or just the US? Also, will the titles be available low res for people like me who have awful (sometimes < 1MB) connections?

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Cable thieves cost UK rail £15m a year

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Scum

'angin's too good for the buggers. Many a cold, wet day I've spent in some god-forsaken hell hole (Derby) because some scumbag decided that they couldn't do without Xmas gifts for their spawn (or enough Stella to get so blotto that they don't care about the tears).

I can only image the overall loss to our economy because of delayed and cancelled trains that these selfish gits cause.

I propose very high current electric fences to keep people away from the target areas or some kind of automated laser turret system.

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Bletchley Park opens U-110 Enigma exhibit

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Headmaster

Coventry

He's talking about Coventry. It's well known that Churchill knew in advance of one of the big attacks on that city and couldn't tell anyone because of the source of the info.

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Boffins herald end of stiff screens

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Go

Colour

eInk will not really be seen as anything other than crap by the general populace (as in people who read magazines, not books) until it can do colour.

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DARPA, NASA look to spawn STARSHIP enterprise

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Troll

Live under your bridge forever

1 - Nearest star with likely habitable planets

2 - Enslave them

3 - Simple probability that even I can understand - we'd be hedging our bets if we had 2 planets to live on. The more planets the more likely we are to survive

4 - No need for several thousand as inbreeding isn't as instantly destructive as it's seen to be (look at other creatures in the animal kingdom to see this). Obviously more (and fitter) would be better though.

5 - You can spend your money on Earth if you want but those of us who can see a future where the descendants of thee pioneers are as gods to those of the plebs who stayed would not begrudge a penny. In fact I would much rather all our aid money went into this kind of venture than to Pakistan.

Troll icon because I expect you probably are one.

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Apple tops Microsoft market cap, revenue, and profits

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Jobs Horns

Goodgood

OK, Apple are doing pretty well now. Cool. So now do they have to play by the same rules as everyone else or are they still going to be allowed to get away with forcing people to use iTunes and all the other anticompetitive crap that they do?

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WTF is... cloud gaming?

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Never gonna work

It's a nice idea but it's never going to work.

First, most people still have very slow broadband connections and those that don't still have usage caps. This is not gonna change any time soon.

Second, gaming is pretty much always at the cutting edge when it comes to technology in terms of graphics, AI, physics, etc and for that you need a local high end piece of kit if there are a lot of concurrent users, if only to avoid the lag.

The only way I can see this sort of service working is to offer old games to casual gamers (think like those plug into your TV gizmos that you can buy from Argos). It just doesn't appeal to the hardcore market.

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God-game creator granted Bafta gong

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Stop

Just Like Mr. Lucas

He made some truly great things but the latest efforts are awful :(

Fable II was acceptable - barely. Seemed to care a lot about banning people from their forums and bringing out expansion packs, not to mention putting in achievements that you needed to buy extra stuff to get but didn't much care for actually fixing the game breaking glitches - oh and of course you can't back up the save files easily either.

Fable III - yuck. Dumbed down kiddy rubbish.

Stop - making games dude, you had it once but you've lost it.

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Winamp advises forum password reset after mystery hack

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How Retro

Oh, Winamp still exists? I haven't used that in years, I wonder what it's like nowadays.

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One-third of Aussies 'are pirates'

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Good Point!

You should be a consultant for them.

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Apple suppliers: Child labor, bribery, suicides

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On the other hand

So it seems good that Apple is sorting out this nastyness but if you think about it, forcing suppliers to close down by cancelling the contracts is surely going to make their workers unemployed and die of starvation or have to get even worse jobs.

I don't know what the answer is but surely in the eyes of the workers they would rather work somewhere bad than not be able to afford food at all?

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Binatone HomeSurf 7 Android tablet

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Can it be upgraded?

Looks like the kind of cheap and cheerful device Binatone seem to make for those who really don't care much about a product other than to get basic functionality (my only home phone is by them and still going strong after about 7 years).

My only query is, is it possible to upgrade the OS to a later Android version or is it totally locked down?

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Humanity's stored data measured in CDs to the Moon

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"a zettabyte is 1000 exabytes"

Oh cool, thanks for clearing that up for me.

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Two councils hit with big fines for laptop blunder

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Bad

And the fine will of course be paid for by the tax payer. Thanks guys.

I'd much rather the idiot with the laptop and the idiot who gave them it were sacked.

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Stephen Fry cans Japan trip over nuke survivor quip

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Send him somewhere ...

Preferably somewhere without a net connection ... or a way out.

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True

Definitely was to scare the Russians and (horribly) it probably worked out better for the Japanese culture as a whole because had the Russians invaded (which they would have, having been at war with Japan previously) their culture would have been totally obliterated with them becoming part of the USSR.

One thing that people never mention either was that although the targets were military with a lot of civilian workers, much of the population of Hiroshima were actually foreign POWs.

It was a horrible thing to happen, lots of horrible things happen in wars. It doesn't "cancel it out" in any way, everything about it is horrible and no one really won or was in the right. We just have to make sure to remember the things that happened and learn from them so they never happen again.

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ISPs and Vaizey set to bump heads over default porn filter

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Yes

"Are the people making these proposals really so stupid that they think sex is the worst possible thing that a child (or adult come to that) could see on the internet?"

Yes. Yes they are.

Notice that in films you can have as much gore and shocking scenes as you like (as long as it's a "fantasy" setting) but anything even remotely sexual is an instant 18.

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UK police crime map website: Who's the victim here?

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Unhappy

Not that much

It's quite sad really but when I hear £300k and government IT project I actually feel like it's a bargain :/

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Documents in Assange rape probe leak onto the net

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Dead Vulture

Jealousy is my Guess

He got instant fame where as no one's really ever heard of The Register outside IT circles.

Or maybe it's because the documents didn't get leaked here but to the lowly tabloids.

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Photo loss blogger to Flickr: You're f*cking kidding

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FAIL

This

He's a fool for not having a local backup yeah but they should have backups too, plus they shouldn't go around deleting people's accounts without suspension first, they could clearly have a much better process in place to avoid screw ups like this.

They both failed.

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Gates: Killing the internet is easy

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Big Brother

True

But the genie is out of the bottle in terms of people knowing that it is possible to communicate with the outside world through technology.

If this kind of thing becomes commonplace someone will come along with a "cool idea" (patent pending) which will take the weak link (the government accessible infrastructure) out of the picture.

Plus you have to remember that information IS still leaking out of their country, mostly facilitated by technology.

Basically I think that now people have had "free" communication they will circumvent attempts to revoke it. It won't happen overnight or after one clampdown but if they become commonplace it will.

You can't kill an idea.

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US lawmakers eye internet 'kill switch'

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Big Brother

Competition

Well we can't have those undemocratic countries outdoing us in the taking away freedoms race can we.

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Ofcom to review Digital Economy Act site-blocking measures

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Big Brother

hjyhki

Government and media order of preference for a nice story with lots of controversy:

Pedos

Terrorists

Illegal Downloaders

If you can combine them then extra bonus points!

Keep em scared and angry and they are easy to control.

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Indonesian pop star jailed over sex videos

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The real way to put religion in it's coffin where it belongs.

Porn and mockery.

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UK.gov taps up DWP's IT boss for all of Whitehall

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Job description

Wow that job description in the last paragraph isn't really adequate. It needs MORE buzzwords!

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Man demands police protection from sex-mad missus

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man make snoosnoo

Be careful what you wish for.

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Single complaint sparks police raid and total ban on rental movie

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Big Brother

Unintentional Consequences

I'm all for art pushing the boundaries. I'd argue that that's one of the reasons it should exist. It makes people think of stuff they wouldn't want to ordinarily, which can only be a good thing.

I do wonder whether an unintended consequence of this film though will be that people think it's a documentary so end up believing the BS about there actually being a global snuff film industry, which ironically could lead to it being banned after all.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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Definitely

So true.

I remember years back when Dixon's still had high street stores all over the place and my friends noticing a computer advertised as having 512MB of RAM (unheard of in those days other than really high end stuff - what they actually meant was the PC had 512 MB of RAM).

We politely pointed out the obvious typo but the sales guy was adamant we were totally wrong and clearly didn't know what we were talking about.

Though the next day the sign had the section scribbled out with marker pen and the much more sensible 64MB written instead :) The guy just couldn't admit he was wrong to a bunch of college kids.

The same shop also sold me a USB cable to go with my parallel port scanner ... not really useful!

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Scotland bans smut. What smut? Won't say

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Terminator

Arms Race

Is this like some kind of weird "I can do a better law than you" competition between all the Western nations or something? It's getting absolutely ridiculous now.

Machines cause it's getting to the point where we'd be better off with them in charge.

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