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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Of more interest ..

is the league table of open cams - assuming the ration of open/secured cams is fairly location independent then:

US: 4591

France (?): 2058

Netherlands: 1756

Japan: 870

Italy:679

UK:584

Curious as to why France - with a vaguely similar population to the UK has 4x as many unsecured cams, for a start. And the Netherlands, with a quarter the UKs population, but 3x as many cams ?

I really need to get out more.

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London police chief: City bankers, prepare for a terrorist cyber attack. Again

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Really

If these "terrorists" come from the same stock as the shoe bomber, underpants bomber, and muppets who thought LPG was somehow high explosive, then I'm hardly going to be shaking in my boots.

However, we have to keep up the hyperbole, or we can't control the masses.

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

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It gets worse !

Not only have the hotel backtracked (so much for principles and integrity) but also left the fate of the initial £100 fine in doubt ... I can't tell from reading this article.

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A hotel that "fined" a couple £100 for leaving critical comments on a travel review website will stop making the charge, trading standards officers say.

Tony and Jan Jenkinson posted the negative comment on Trip Advisor after being unimpressed with the one night they spent at the Broadway Hotel in Blackpool.

The couple, from Whitehaven, later had £100 charged to their credit card.

The hotel manager has not been available for comment.

Blackpool Trading Standards, which has been investigating, said it has now spoken to the hotel's management, who have agreed not to levy these fines in the future.

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Denning

occasionally got it right, but overall was a complete arse

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Of course there was an alternative ...

which would have been to offer discounts for positive reviews.

If your first reach is the stick, expect to get beaten, as my Grandad would have said if he'd made it up.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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"Someday, Mr. Anonymous is gonna fuck up ...

and when he does, we'll find him"

(apologies to the Blues Brothers)

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ISPs are stripping encryption from netizens' email – EFF

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Sigh, kids again ?

If anyone is *relying* on the STARTTLS to provide encryption, then they are (a) thick, or (b) so young as to not know the history of email systems and how a lot of features are optionally-supported extensions to the RFCs.

For myself, if I didn't encrypt it, then it's not encrypted, and would have been treated as such in terms of content.

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

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In the UK

827 people have died during or following police contact since 2004. Families have struggled hard for justice, encountering multiple failures and police collusion from the IPCC. Why is police accountability failing in this most serious of issues?

(cite)

and less than 100 in terrorist attacks.

I know who I'm more afraid of.

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99%

Actually, research by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam war showed that if you identify - and isolate - the small number of "leaders", the remaining prisoners are incredibly easy to control - requiring much less [skilled] manpower which can then be sent to the front.

IIRC it was roundabout 5% or 1 in 20. And they were quite easy to spot ....

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

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The great ICO sweepstakes starts here ...

can I take

1) derisory fine

2) nothing really bad

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Boxing clever? Amazon Fire TV is SO CLOSE to being excellent

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Maybe it's me

but there's very little available for "free" on Prime. Considering it's costing me something, I don't like paying more.

There is a massive gap in the market for a business which takes a *single* payment, and then allows access to NetFlix, Prime, BlinkBox, Sky and all the other Johnny-come-lately "exclusive content" providers. Which I would pay.

Otherwise torrent are thataway ---->

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If you're suing the UK govt, Brit spies will snoop on your briefs

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And we laughed at the Russians ...

typewriters, couriered documents, and meetings in ad hoc cafes is the way to go.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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Re: bloody dopamine

parklife

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Google revs up Container Engine to drive Docker in its cloud

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Sorry, I keep failing to stop myself thinking ...

Grindr, Tinder ... Docker

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

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Hmmmm I await the Rumble in the Jungle --->

or Thriller in Manila, as the ECJ ruling slams headfirst into the opposing (and equal ?) judge from the US supreme court that Google cannot infringe US citizens right to free speech ...

note to El Reg: We need a popcorn icon :)

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Re: This'll never work

Physics

Chemistry

but no biology

TBH I have no idea how menstruation is controlled. Which is why I posed the question. Although the 28-day nature of it does suggest lunar involvement.

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Re: This'll never work

Of course, once they are out of earth orbit - and away from the cyclic gravitational pull of the moon, we have no idea how - or if - menstruation would work.

So in that sense, there's valuable science to be learned here.

My bet is that scientists will discover there's a weird backup system in place.

I would downvote you for casual stereotypical misogyny, but then your post did cause a scientific question, so I guess it's evens.

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Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar

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*Cyber* security tsar ?

...who doesn't seem to know that face-recognition unlock is a standard Android offering ?

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Facebook storage techies: We sift through your family snaps to find 'warm BLOBs'

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And *this* is what the spooks want to trawl ?

Along with similar (or more) from Google, et al ....

This is why I am unmoved by the government data grab ... they will drown in trivia - and miss the important stuff.

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Rebellion sees Chromium reverse plans to dump EXT filesystem

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£30 a MB ?

I was only trying to remember how much I paid for the 128 *K*B I needed to upgrade my Amstrad 1512 to a 1640. Pretty certain it was around £30 and that was cheap (as a mate had <cough> acquired some from his sandwich placement.

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

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Sigh ...

it's not todays spooks we need to worry about.

It's tomorrows.

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

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There's a gap in the market here ...

for a domestic router which effectively runs off a whitelist to prevent dodgy apps phoning home.

At the end of the day, I'd guess 80% of netizens probably access <1% of the net. Facebook, email, news, banking, shopping, Amazon, eBay, Twitter and a handful of other sites.

Much safer to risk some inconvenience, than allow unfettered access to the web.

Almost a reverse net version of a Truecall box .....

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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through the looking glass

30 years ago the state attitude was that "terrorists are criminals".

now we seem to have made a mistake in logic and say

"criminals are terrorists" ...

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

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Concorde ..

Didn't engineers at NASA conclude Concorde was a bigger engineering challenge than Apollo ? Particularly having to slow the air intake from supersonic to still over 4 metres ?

Anyway, well done everyone !

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Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'

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How cool is that ?

the Holodeck inches closer ....

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It's not you, it's Three. Mobe network goes titsup across UK

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remember for a lot of people

"the UK" really means "London and the South East"

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Ice probe peers at hidden BOTTOMS of oceans from SPAAACE

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Stop and think.

More people have been to the Moon, than the bottom of the ocean (Mariana Trench).

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Extraordinary claims

require extraordinary proof ....

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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How long till a someone makes a Babbage type Bitcoin mining rig for fun?

in Minecraft.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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How to build a trope

before your very eyes.

We're on a tech site here, so have a fairly good grasp of the issues involved. That leaves the other 95% of society (who, for better or for worse have been allowed the vote) who, when pressed, would probably tell you that Encryption is in New Jersey, and no one made salted hashes like Grandma.

If people like Comey raise the "encryption is bad" meme, and use it in proximity to words like "child porn", "paedophiles", "terrorists", "islamist" enough times, he might just get enough support to get his way.

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PSI Corp (aka "sick" )

Funnily enough MrsPage and I watched (for the first time) "The Men Who Stare at Goats" last night.

Although we had a good chuckle at the "New Age Army", it was hard to forget the films opening statement ... "More of this is true than you would believe".

Top film, btw.

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Heatmiser digital thermostat users: For pity's sake, DON'T SWITCH ON the WI-FI

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Old school hacking ...

if one of the utility companies surreptitiously turned everyones 'stat up by one degree ....

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Apple's new iPhone 6 vulnerable to last year's TouchID fingerprint hack

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What industry do these guys work in ? Clearly not a tech one.

Furthermore, the process to turn that print into a useable copy is sufficiently complex that it’s highly unlikely to be a threat for anything other than a targeted attack by a sophisticated individual

A process that could be easily devolved to a 3D Printer - which are hardly like rocking horse shit.

If there's an incentive, things will be made simple. Look at the grunts who skim cards, using quite high tech.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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WTF?

wtf

is a "square sausage sandwich"

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Forget bonking, have ONE OFF THE WRIST with Barclaycard's bPay

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WTF?

Gareth Hunt ...

why did I have this memory of Gareth Hunt, offering everyone a coffee ?

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Got your NUDE SELFIES in the cloud? Two-factor auth's your best bet for securing them

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So we'll all have

a keyring with dozens of TFA token generators to carry around.

I can see the improvement already.

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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Maybe if the spooks had to pay

you know, like we do ? £10 a pop ?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Stick in the seventies?

Here's another "Horizon" I remember ... Prof. Richard Dawkins (yes, that one) demonstrating how evolution could be modelled with simple programs - he even talked the viewer through one he had written. And I'm pretty sure it wasn't HTML ....

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Re: US media domination ?

I was using "cable" as a (admittedly lazy) shorthand for "not network".

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Re: Repetition and paddding

and the content is dumbed down beyond belief.

No one under 40 would believe that I learned about Quarks, and the like from a "Horizon" broadcast in the mid-70s (I was 10) on a Saturday afternoon as an alternative to "Grand(fucking - I hated sport)Stand".

A few weeks later there was another Horizon, about the discoveries of ancient humanoid fossils causing scientists to conclude mankind had been around closer to 12,000,000 in some form, rather than the 2,000,000 they believed up to then.

You just never see anything like this nowadays. However you will see loads of pretty shots of sunsets, or mountain ranges, usually with the pretty boy* presenter (Brian Cox) looking upwards, as the camera crew try out their new spinny gear.

*Exceptions made for Alice Roberts though <swoon>.

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Re: US media domination ?

ITYM US *network* domination. You know. NBC, CBS, Fox (except "House M.D.").

US cable quality has been growing at a frenetic rate. The Wire, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Shield, House of Cards.

Hell those are the ones the Mrs and I have watched. There's plenty more which aren't to our taste, but which get shedloads of *critical* praise (as opposed to viewing figures).

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Nothing wrong with TV *Tech*

it's as far as it'll go for now.

There's everything wrong with the TV Business though. From risk-averse "executives" through to a desire to monetize everything.

The current car-crash that is BBC license fee, VM subscription, Sky Subscription (even if you have VM,. as "Sky Atlantic" is out of your reach[1]), Netflix, Amazon Prime, Blinkbox, [contd page 92]. With loads of middlemen trying to get at your wallet.

If Apple can deliver a single subscription model, that gives me access to all the content I want - even if it's no cheaper than aggregating the individual packages - then I may become a fanboi.

[1]No problem of course. You use the big fat VM pipe to <cough> acquire what you need.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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You know all this talk of things being more expensive

after YES, because of all the subsidies from rUK ?

Has anyone got the calculations of the rebate the rUK will get per capita, if there is a YES vote ? You know. All that extra money you told us you were spending in Scotland you are now not ?

Or is it all bullshit ?

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Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales

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Just as my phone got 8.1

Which is quite a leap from 8.0 But which adds one thing I have wanted for years.

"WiFi Sense" which effectively automates logging in to the myriad of free WiFi APs you collect after a while that always need your email address when you move to a new one (O2 I'm looking at you).

The *only* downside about WP is lack off apps. It actually pisses all over Android (which *still* hasn't sorted out it's Bluetooth integration yet - 2 years after I complained that it still hadn't sorted it's bluetooth integration out).

In this case, very happy to be a ------------------>

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Boffins: Searching for ALIENS is like looking for PIZZA among students

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Life ...

anyone heard the term "ignostic" ? John Lloyd mentioned it on a Richard Herring podcast (slight plug).

It's a philosophy which requires terms to be defined, before an answer is given. So in the case of "Do you believe in God ?" terms need to be decided. Beard ? Sandals ? Tall ? Fat ?

Only when terms are defined, can an answer be given. As he put it "you tell me what I don't believe in."

Same with "life". Define terms.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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Re: "Minifies"

Well now it's been used, we need to invent a grammar ...

Minify - the verb

Minfied - the adjective

MiniFi - the noun ..

I wonder where that idea was burglarized from ?

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Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces

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Ancient technology ...

On a similar vein - and just as impressive - was the discovery in London, of a machine to provide water to Roman London (I think it was discovered by the Crossrail team).

It was a series of buckets, on an iron chain, driven (presumably) by donkey power.

Completely and utterly unknown anywhere else in the Roman world, which is why they struggled (with modern technology) to recreate a working model.

Anyone know of Trajans bridge ? Parts of which still stand.

It annoysme when people assume that our ancestors were somehow less clever than us. They weren't. As James Burke so eloquently put it "They just knew different things."

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Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer

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Re: What will become

Well ..............

A lot of P4U shops are (were ?) in malls near a Poundland ....

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Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport

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No one has yet spotted the significance of this story.

What if they had used a suitcase going out of the country ? How would the poor passenger explain *that* to the security people at the other end.

And if they are doing it with explosives, you can bet they're doing it with drugs.

If I was executed by one of the more draconian regimes for a half grain of heroin planted in my luggage by OzCop inc. I'd be very cross when I got to heaven, and wouldn't enjoy it.

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