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'Bogus IT guys' slurp £1.3m from Barclays: Cybercops cuff 8 blokes

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Firewalls

How on earth did the KVM traffic get through the properly configured firewall the bank must have ?

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DRAMA at 75,000 FEET: Our Playmonaut's TERROR PLUNGE from EDGE of SPACE

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Is that Spain

or Mars ?

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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

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Ah yes

those images stored in proprietary systems, as I discovered when I asked for a copy.

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One year to go: Can Scotland really declare gov IT independence?

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Re: Data Centres?

It's the power that will be the killer. AFAIAA "Scotland" is wedded to the idea of subsidised (by the English) renewables. Presumably they're hoping that 2/2 will become a new paradigm in international business ?

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Pizza drones, mad cyclists and Bitcoin-for-arms traders: A vision of LNDN 2023

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Not sure ... things have a habit of going in circles ...

vaguely musing with MrsJP a few days ago that there's a certain symmetry in people today choosing to go to a coffee shop because they can also access the lastest news via wifi.

Seems remarkably similar to 200 years ago where you went to the coffee shop to access the latest news (via newspaper).

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City of Munich throws Ubuntu lifeline to Windows XP holdouts

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Is windows available in Urdu, Paschto, and Punjabi?

One thing I know for sure about MS is they are very hot on localisation ... I know this after having to install a South Korean version of windows (from the MSDN) to flush out a bug we could not get to happen here. IIRC it was to do with Unicode and 4-byte character codes.

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WTF?

A fascinating insight into other cultures ...

Can anyone see Birmingham City Council dishing out Linux Distros to it's XP citizenry ?

Just weird ....

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How the internet turned ram-raiders into sophisticated fraudsters

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Re: Almost an interesting article

the problem is it's a fine line between forewarning the innocent, and aiding the guilty.

Many years ago when I worked at a large supermarket, we were warned in quite some detail of a shoplifting scam. A few weeks later a relative of one of the managers was caught in a rival supermarket trying the exact same scam ...

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ISPs set to install network-level smut filters despite Lib Dem opposition

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What's that US saying ?

"A day late, and a dollar short".

You might have pulled a stunt off like this 10 years ago. But nowadays, with a proliferation of millions of people sending each other links every second of the day, I suspect most "on" filters will get turned "off" within 24 hours, as people start wanting to access the links their friends can see.

Out of curiosity, how many links on (say) they Daily Mail website will require opting out ?

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: Think of the children

Or in my lads case, to use the canteen. Personally I had no problem with it ... it was hardly space-age kit, and it saved the kids having to carry money and incidentally, meant kids who didn't pay for school dinners weren't singled out in anyway.

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Gummi bears anyone ?

a few hilarious ****-ups with the "infallible" system, and they'll be quietly pensioned off.

As a matter of interest, does anyone know of anywhere that uses SOLELY fingerprint ID for NON-TRIVIAL applications ?

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Plus ca change ...

GPO -> British Telecom -> BT did nothing to improve customer service.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Black Helicopters

Overpopulation

makes human life cheap.

Who would benefit from that ?

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

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Re: Side question

Nationwide.

At least you're not paying shareholder dividends.

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Universal Credit CRUNCHED: Dole handouts IT system to be rebuilt

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Remember when they were

The Department of Stealth and Total Obscurity ?

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Weird memory ...

of the Post Office/BT claiming copyright in the phone book, even though it's just an ordered list of names. As I recall the court agreed that it could be protected by copyright, since the work had gone into to making it an original work.

Now I'm typing I think there was a company in the 80s who started scanning and OCRing phone books to provide their own database. This ruling stopped them dead (and incidentally removed any need for BT to then release an electronic phone book).

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MPs blocked from ogling 'web smut' 300,000 times – WHILE IN PARLIAMENT

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@The BigYin

Parents are a nuisance if you want to control the population. They might actually be capable of encouraging children to think for themselves.

Every power-crazed dictatorship has done as much as possible to remove parents from bringing up children, and substituted the state.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

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If only it had Bluetooth

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iPhone rises, Android slips in US, UK

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I *like* widows phone

Nokia Lumia 620 - supplied by work.

despite being a bit of a tech-head geek, I also have a family, and simply could not sell getting an iPhone to the budget committee ('er indoors). And since the iPhone has come out, nothing anyone I know who has one has made me go "I MUST have an iPhone".

My (continued) grumble about WP8 is lack of apps (and for the poster above who said he wanted WP to have more apps *and* features, as far as I can see, it's the apps that provide the features).

And to all the Android fanbois out there ... 'er indoors has an HTC Wildfire, and trying to get it's text-to-speech and speech-to-text working ... well after 18 months they still aren't[1]. And don't get me started about the bluetooth.

[1]Most apps for TTS are really concerned about how many accents they can provide. Actually features - not so important.

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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WP8

I believe WP8 will also allow a tile to run in front of the lock screen

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Snowden journo's boyfriend 'had crypto key for thumb-drive files written down' - cops

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See icon ->

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Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Smug feeling (briefly) at Page towers ...

I acquired an old UPS from an office move, and spent many happy hours setting it up with NUT on my linux "media server". Thoroughly tested the power-off procedure. In my case, on power cut, I send an SMS[1] via an old PAYG phone (although the next project is to set it up with a broadband dongle I recently acquired). I then wait 10 minutes (because we have had a number of <30 second power cuts of late[2]). If there is still no power a further SMS is sent, and I shut down gracefully. I leave power-up as a manual process, as sometimes power can be restored for a few minutes and go down again.

[1]I wasn't quite so smug first time, when I rigged the system to send an email instead. Tested perfectly, but when a real power cut came, the lack of power to the router (in another room) was a bit of a handicap.

[2]Power cuts are pretty commonplace now. Never used to be. Either metal theft, or the lights are starting to go out.

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Selfie twerks its way into the dictionary

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@Growler

Inevitable ?

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verb, schmerb

one of the joys of English - something fundamental to it's core, and honed by centuries of nicking words from other peoples languages - is the ambiguity of parts of speech.

The second SMS content became called "a text", it was axiomatic that the act of preparing/sending one would be "to text".

Any noun can be a verb, if you stick "to" before it. Try it sometime. Especially with foreigners ....

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Thought the PC market couldn't get any worse? HAH! Think again

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@JDX

Most homes still need the ability to write and print a letter, print a coupon out, etc.

None of which needs a new PC. Sure, there will still be a market for PC to replace broken, unrepairable models, but I stand by my assertion. You'll still get PCs, but they'll be niche.

A similar story befell thermionic valves - they were essentially a stopgap (for different reasons) until transistors came along. You can still get valves - indeed they are essential in some high-power applications. But they're niche.

VHS was a stopgap until we had DVDs. DVDs themselves were a stopgap until streaming media arrived.

In all my 30 years computing, I have only bought 2 new computers. An Amstrad 1512 (which I upgraded to a 1640), and a Memorex-Telex PC in 1992. All the other computers I have owned have been second hand, and/or acquired (legally) from work. In all that time, I have never felt underpowered, or in need of something newer.

Currently the Page household runs on 2 2008 Dell boxes (one for wifey, one for sprog) that I acquired when my office closed in 2010. Running Windows 7, there's no reason why they shouldn't last another 5 years .....

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Surely it's becoming apparent

that PCs were a stopgap, until mobiles and tablets joined games consoles and media players in a landscape where rather than having a single box do several different things, you had several different boxes doing several different things ?

For 80% of the great public, computing is about email/social networks, browsing, and media delivery (YouTube). With a little bit of gaming. None of which *needs* a PC anymore.

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Do not adjust your eyes: This Kobo ten-incher has a 2560 x 1600 resolution

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Drifting slightly OT ...

"retina" displays - or IOW displays which exceed the resolution of the human eye.

Am I correct in thinking that once we have reached this level of detail, then there's no point in going any further ? So 300dpi appears to be the limit - we won't be seeing a 1000dpi display anytime soon ?

Presumably the next push is even more colours and control of brightness ?

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Yahoo! starts $1.99 'watch list' to recycle old usernames

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Am I alone in thinking this is *not* a good idea ?

How many accounts with how many websites could have been opened used a recycled email address ?

Yes, data protection should mean that websites don't keep data longer then necessary. But given my time around the marketeers, that doesn't count for much.

So the owner of a recycled account one days receives an email - addressed to the previous account holder - with personal details in it, along with a link to send a new password to that email address ...

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ISPs scramble to explain mouse-sniffing tool

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surely a real techie

would write a script to do that ?

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Acorn’s would-be ZX Spectrum killer, the Electron, is 30

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Re: These articles make me so sad ..

I was thinking more in terms of computer education. When I started in the 80s, if you did Computer Science, you left being able to program. OK, it was BASIC, and you couldn't get enough GOTOs. But at least you knew how to make the computer do what *you* wanted to. You got an idea of how it was done, and the ways in which it could be done - with all the attendant learning about bugs, data mistypes, control, flow, exceptions, etc etc.

Nowadays, my 17 year old son comes home, and tells me he's a web developer because he used Dreamweaver at college. I show him a web page in Notepad, and he goes "huh".

The only real developers I have met, under 30, learned their skills in spite of the education system, not because of it.

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These articles make me so sad ..

it seems astonishing - nay unbelievable - that in the early 1980s, the country leading the world in computer science and education was the UK. Hands down. I recall reading stories in the US-based computer magazines and science periodicals where they often mentioned how advanced the UK was in getting kids and computers together.

It was a *Tory* government policy to get a computer into every classroom - hello BBC "B" !

Briefly, the UK was a world leader.

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Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

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We're playing a game of symbolism here

I agree that in real life this injunction will be ignored. Although if I were the security services I would be *very* careful what I did with anything gleaned from the data. I don't think there was anything unforeseen about Mirandas detention - even if Miranda himself had no idea it could happen. I have a feeling any "data" they do get is certainly tainted.

But as with the mysterious visit from GCHQ to "destroy" the data, this injunction is symbolic. It's symbolic that we do live under the rule of law. But best of all, it's bound to piss Teresa May off, which in itself is a worthy aim.

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

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"One day, Mr Blues is gonna fuck up ..."

"...and when he does... he better pray the police get to him before we do."

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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WTF?

The whole incident seems more like a danse macabre

Greenwald and the Guardian arrange for his partner to courier classified information through one of the very countries most affected by it's existence.

The government of that country detain and seize data storage and associated passwords from the person couriering.

The government send experts to oversee the destruction of computer equipment at the Guardians offices to "destroy stolen data".

Like each player is acting out some bizarre ritual ?

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

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Re: but what about those who donated?

I would be astounded if the security services didn't hoover up semi-public data about who is interested in what, politically.

Those No. 10 petitions ? The ones where you need to provide your UK address & email ?

Any Justgiving campaign.

Letters pages and public fora ?

eBay activity.

Amazon reviews ....

The spooks knew about big data years ago.

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Does the RSPCA have your gun licence or car registration? NOBODY knows

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Re: Data protection act?

I suspect any SAR would be denied as being necessary for "crime prevention" purposes.

It's the old need-to -know paradox. How do you know, what you need to know ?

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ACPO

I don't know, why not issue a FOI request to ACPO.

Oh, hang on, they're not bound by FOI, as they are a private company - see my point above ^

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Insanity ?

would imply that this is in someway unplanned. It's all *very* planned, believe me. The UK government has concocted a fiction that "private" companies aren't covered by the ECHR, and therefore can do as they please. So the government can outsource it's obligations under the ECHR to a private company, and then hold their hands up and say "nothing to do with us, guv".

Eventually, the ECHR will wise up to this, and there will be a very clear ruling that any agency that acts on behalf of the state is bound by the same rules. Which explains this current governments obsession with trying to leave the ECHR.

Does anyone remember when ACPO was allowed to ignore a FOI request as they are a "private organisation" ?

FWIW the Yanks tend to be much tougher on this.

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Hmmm, and this from a administration

that is going after bullying websites ?

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Blighty street has hottest Wi-Fi hotspot hottie in Europe: We reveal where

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Oh, where is the app ?????

That can store WiFi login details, and *automatically* (presumably from a user-defined priority list) log you in when in range.

On a recent train journey to London, I had access to Wifi at the stations, on the train, and in a coffee shop on the way to the office. 4 sodding times I had to type my email address/login details in.

Maybe this is the biggest driver to actually *paying* for LastPass. But ideally, a dedicated app which allowed you to prioritise your free wifi points is needed.

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AREA 51 - THE TRUTH by the CIA: Official dossier blows lid off US secrets

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@Nigel 11 - Area 667

The neighbour of the beast ?

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NSA coughs to 1000s of unlawful acts of snooping on US soil since 2008

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So they admitted 2000+ cases

presumably these are the ones they could be caught out on anyway.

I wonder what the *real* number is ?

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Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

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While another more pointedly said: "selfish *unt."

Succinct. Punchy. Unambiguous.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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OMG !!!!

I had this weird flashback to a "serious" social networking site.

Mensch-on anyone ? ----------->>>>>>>>

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@Flocke Kroes

Thank you, I was missing my fix of Private Eye Pseudo Names ...

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No problem ...

just define "social media" ?

Not so simple now, eh ?

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

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Basic tort law ?

Surely an innocent commercial website that can demonstrate a monetary loss would have standing to take the ISPs to court for damages ? I would humbly suggest on a basis of negligence.

Assuming a high-profile win, with lots of zeros attached, then I can see blocking going the way of the dodo.

Of course the ISPs may then have standing to sue the people who provided the dodgy information - more for incompetence.

When Big Dave was wibbling on about blocking a few weeks back, I suggested that ISPs would be forced to up their prices, to cover snafus like this. Which will kill it dead.

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Boffins harvest TV, mobile signals for BATTERY-FREE comms

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Legality ...

IANAL but I am sure the word missing in all of the discussion was "authorised". It's authorisation which defines the legal/illegal nature of the act.

Taking electricity you have paid for ? Authorised.

Receiving radio waves intended for entertainment broadcast ? Authorised.

Inducting electricity without payment[1] ? Not authorised - jail time.

So on the face of it, receiving radio waves to *power* equipment is outside of the implied license granted by the broadcaster that their transmission was only intended to be used for reception in playing a show. However, that said, laws should be practical, and trying to prosecute - especially when any quantifiable losses are likely to be measure in nanopounds, doesn't really seem to be a happening idea.

[1]A classic example of just because you *can* doesn't mean you *should*.

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AOL boss: Soz about that 'Abel, you're fired!' Patch showdown

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Re: No such thing as bad publicity?

@Code Monkey

See Icon->

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Deutsche Telekom launches 'NSA-busting' encrypted email service

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Can they export *that* ?

If so, I for one would sign up in an instant. As indeed I suspect a lot of UK citizens with. And pay for it.

I wonder how Big Dave would spin that - a clear demonstration of people not trusting the uk.gov ?

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