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ICO clamps down on nuisance calls, slaps £90k fine on Glasgow firm

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Identifying callers

it is quite easy to find out whos calling - pretend you want their "service" and get something in writing from them.

Although I would agree ... who's got the time ?

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Google Drive goes titsup for MILLIONS of users

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Re: Death to the cloud

Downvoted because that's not the point. If YOUR servers go down, then it's in your power to get things fixed. You can apply what resources (or not) you see fit.

If cloud servers go down, then you have absolutely no control over the fix, or how long it takes.

It's a little like owning a car, or choosing to cloudsource your transport needs to the bus/train. If your car breaks down you can arrange to get it fixed and possibly a replacement. Probably something you have mae allowances for, so your downtime is predictable.

If you get to the bus stop to discover all buses are off (strike/faulty fuel/whatever) then how long till you get where you're going ?

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Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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Re: So what will happen to...

Ah, but UI != underlying OS ....

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Beijing IT biz taunts Microsoft: Show us your licence for Office 365

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Re: Location, location, location...

but they did confirm (and why it was treated as "news" was a mystery, it should have been bleeding obvious) that as a US company, irrespective of *where* their servers were, they were subject to the PATRIOT act, and therefore exposed to (a) a request for data from uncle Sam, or (b) being shutdown without warning.

Any company that uses any US connected cloud service is at the same risk.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Re: Treble fail

Grammer = Grammar

Need a spelling option.

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We shall CRUSH you, puny ROBOT... with CHESS

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What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow ...

that should fox them.

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Fake fingers fool Brazilian biometrics

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Yawn ...

Cheap security gets fooled - nothing to see, move on.

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Stats-crunchers toss ebooks into Blighty's 2013 inflation basket

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What would be more useful as a measure

would be the *differential* between eBooks and real books ....

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Ten serious sci-fi films for the sentient fan

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Just to start a shitstorm

What *is* sci-fi ? As opposed to "set in the future" ? It's all very well for Mr. Smith to say that "Terminator" was dismissed as being "an action film" but it wasn't a dire sci-fi film (IMHO).

How come no mention of Avatar ?

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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A little clicky linky

here

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Leaked: The 'secret OAuth app keys' to Twitter's VIP lounge

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Security on the cheap ?

Giving "keys" to "trusted partners" sounds very much like delegating your security.

To be really secure, you'd need to vet each app on a case-by-case basis, and assign it a unique hash, so no one else could impersonate it.

Only that would cost you *real* money. Which your users just won't pay.

So we get what we deserve.

Hopefully HMG are learning from this, and deciding not to have "trusted partners" ....

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Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Re: Lastpass for me

Exported to a backup file put on memory stick.

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BAN SMUT, rage MEPs: Purpose of internet must be EXTERMINATED

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WTF?

Er, *who* exactly, in the EU ?

The French ?

Germans ?

Italians ?

Dutch ?

Swedish ?

Danish ?

any of which would make the average UK sexshop look like a convent.

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Bacon sarnies can kill: Official

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Enjoying the way people have picked up on the "live healthy" fallacy

EVERYONE has to die of SOMETHING ! A fact some people just don't get. Including doctors.

It's a shame that stories like this don't prompt a wider debate on the desirability of living longer. Or indeed some far-sighted research into a theoretical maximum human lifespan, taking into account the reduced resources available for new lives being ever-consumed by the ageing population.

Somehow I suspect living forever and evolution are mutually exclusive.

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Joke

Just remember the old joke:

Doctor: I'm afraid you've only got 3 months to live

Patient: My god, is there anything I can do ?

Doctor: Yes. Give up drinking. Sex. Red meat. Cigarettes. Sex. Television, Chocolate and Crisps.

Patient: Will I live longer ?

Doctor: No, but it'll feel like it.

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DWP denies major IT problems with One Dole To Rule Them All system

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Government IT ????

Does anyone remember the IR/HMRC/Fujitsu fiasco ? As I recall when the tender came up no-one would bid for it, citing (quite correctly) that it was pretty much a done deal, since the incumbent would always have the advantage of not needing to port data. (Boy those proprietary data formats are so well suited to public infrastructure). So they weren't about to spunk millions on a wasted bid.

Then the EU barked about HMG needing to prove it had considered alternative tenders. So HMG had to use OUR MONEY to give to IBM, and Capita (IIRC) so they could deliver a bid which could then be ignored.

It's hard not to think FAIL about government IT.

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BRITAIN MUST DECLARE WAR on Cervinaean menace

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Coffee/keyboard

@AC 13:40

now it's my machine that looks pebbledashed ;)

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RBS and NatWest FAIL downs services across UK

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FAIL

Not the best thing for RBS ...

another inducement for the customers with money (you know, they ones they need) to switch, leaving behind the customers they don't need ...

For anyone changing, I'd suggest Nationwide. It's not a bank, and in 3 years (since Halifax ****ed us off) they've got nothing wrong.

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Carrie Fisher dusts off THAT bikini for Star Wars VII

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Great SOH ...

having seen Ms Fisher in the "Bring back Star Wars" "documentary", I couldn't help but be struck by a wicked sense of humor ...

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O2 flogs new GPS mobile-based telecare to sick and elderly

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Did you not read the first paragraph of the article?

Yes. It seems somewhat truncated ....

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Canonical announces Mir display server to replace X Windows

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Huh ?

The one part of Linux I have no problem with is X ... and it works perfectly over a network with little resources.

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Prepare for 'post-crypto world', warns godfather of encryption

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I mentioned before

it's just pointless willy waving to base your faith in code on the fact you compiled it yourself unless you also wrote the compiler.

AND reviewed the CPU architecture you compiled it on, and you intend to run it on.

Seriously, how many people have gone through every possible opcode on a pentium, and checked it does what it says it does.

Including the undocumented ones.

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Megaupload extradition bid - Feds WON'T have to hand in their evidence

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Not sure about NZ ...

They seem to be a plucky little country - not afraid to bitchslap the US when needs be. Also they have a thriving home distilling market, and have just proposed a very sensible redrafting of drugs laws.

Is there much room there ;)

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Squillionaire space tourist offers oldsters a holiday to Mars

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Is it just me, or is this a little bit of a wasted opportunity ?

Whilst I admire the ambition, is this project actually the best way to advance space exploration ?

Why not concentrate closer to home first ? I'm thinking more about lunar exploitation - which might then make a Mars mission a bit easier .

That said, thumbs up for giving us a little bit of inspiration. Seems crazy we last went to the moon over 40 years ago, Concorde is history, and wages are falling ....

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Apple, Facebook, Google: Same-sex marriage 'a business imperative'

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Re: Consumation

wasn't failure to address the definition of consumation one of the reasons why they also had to remove adultery as grounds for divorce ?

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German boffins turn ALCOHOL into hydrogen at low temp

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Re: The attraction is Methanol is *easy* to handle.

@Vladimir Plouzhnikov:

I think you'll find that's a self-limiting problem ...

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Brit firm PinPlus flogs another password 'n' PIN killer

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Re: Yes...

@AC 13:15 - One thing you can do to help yourself is to obliterate the CVV number as soon as you get a new card (after memorising it first ;) ). And watch out for any cashier who notices it's not there.

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At least 15 years ago

there was a story (Tomorrows World) about a system using faces. The touchscreen shows a grid of (say) 9 faces. Your "PIN" is 4 of them. Of course each selection of 9 is different each time - including placement.

Given the low cost of screens nowadays, this is much more viable. To make it easier, maybe customers could supply their own pics ?

However as long as banks can palm losses off on customers, there's little incentive to change.

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BBC's new bosses - the lawyers - strike out Savile probe testimony

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Re: 1970's tech, too

better than the hi-tech CIA method of using black text on a black background in Adobe ....

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Council IT bod in the dock for flogging scrap work PC parts

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Wee legal note

(IANAL).

English & Welsh (I have been told off for saying "UK" thanks to the Scots) law has repeatedly held that *unauthorised* removal of items from a bin is theft.

You know that old saying about "possession being 9 points of the law" ? It really means that laws surrounding property are very well established. The bottom line in England and Wales is that *everything* belongs to *someone*.

You put rubbish in your bin - it's yours until the authorised collection happens. And case law has held that if it's a municipal bin, the authorised collector is the local council. Not the Wombles.

There are quite a few people with criminal records that didn't grasp this crucial fact.

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The people grumbling the council didn't make £10,000

are they the same that bay for blood when councils lose personal data ?

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What's NFC? PayPal lobs Chip and PIN readers at UK small biz

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"European" C&P

Was intrigued, a couple of years ago in Spain, to note they have C&P *and* signature. As the cashier told me "Even if the C&P were OK, if the signatures don't match - the bank don't pay."

I wonder if this reduces fraud ?

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Happy birthday, LP: Can you believe it's only 65?

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More old-fuckery !

Some computing mags had flexi-discs you could play into a computers TAPE IN, to access programs printed in the mag.

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Tubular Bells

"This stereo record cannot be played on old tin boxes no matter what they are fitted with. If you are in possession of such equipment please hand it into the nearest police station."

Where's the "old fuckers going on again" icon ?

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In those days ...

music wasn't just music ... it was a sensory experience.

We really need a "old fucker going on again" icon .....

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

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Who remembers ...

Stob's take on this ?

The conscientious would-be Linux user should take time to mull over the pros and cons of the Red Hat versus SUSE, and Debian versus Gentoo. He will want to evaluate the various package installation schemes - comparing .deb with .rpm - and will spend many hours on the web absorbing great quantities of freely offered advice over whether to go for Gnome or risk post-Trolltech takeover KDE, or just run the whole thing in text mode, like a Real Beard.

After he has done all this, he will install Ubuntu, because that's what everybody does.

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Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Re: Making me sure to turn "auto updates" off then

and chrome

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Does anyone else feel

that we might be moving towards an XP-in-a-virtual-machine direction, where corporates just virtualise what they have, and rely on the wrapper security of the environment ?

Sure MS worst nightmare - effectively immortalising XP.

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Any storm in a port

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Horizontal USB sockets

aren't too bad - they seem to have an "up" and "down". It's the vertical ones (usually hidden well out of sight at the back of the machine) that cause problems ...

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ICO: How 'sensitive' is personal data? Depends what it's used for...

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Rejected ?

I just say "prefer not to say". It's meaningless anyway, since it's all about "self identification".

I have never understood the logic that putting your race on an application form is a good way to prevent racism. Surely a better way is to NOT put your race, so any weeding out is done on merit. It's also totally contradicting the logic which says you eliminate ageism by removing the date of birth ...

Using monitoring and quotas is simply ignoring dealing with the real issue - which is why certain sections of society seem incapable of doing well.

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The official iPhone actually runs Android - in Brazil

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Re: It takes 8 years ...!

They probably take 20 years to lay 100 miles of railway too, these backwards countries.

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Perky smartphone figures can't stop droop of worldwide mobe sales

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But *why* did you change your phone ...

my phone history:

1994: Motorola M300 on 1-2-1 that lasted until 1997 when we (MrsJP and I) were given a Nokia (can't recall the model) which had no new features but was smaller with more talk/standby time

I actually revived the M300 for a couple of years when Virgin started - bought a SIM

2001 - moved up to a Philips Savvy. This was because I wanted to have SMS

2005 - moved up to a Sony W800, as I wanted bluetooth, and liked the idea of the walkman

2008 - was given an HTC by work

2009 - was given an N5800 by work

2011 - was given an HTC by work - still my main phone.

From 2005s W800i, the only things that have really been ADDED are 3G and WiFi. Beyond that why do I need a new phone. Sure, I *could* get an iPhone. But it wouldn't really give me anything I haven't got already. My only grumble with the HTC Windows phone is lack of apps, but nothing I actually need.

The next big thing could be 4G, but is it enough ? Especially as most people who might benefit will probably have WiFi enabled phones and a host of hotspots nearby.

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As with desktops

so with mobiles. Everyone who wants one has one. Simples. Now we're entering the mature market phase, where you need to persuade people they should upgrade, or target people seeking replacements.

The past 15 years have seen a frenetic amount of R&D and innovation, but that's plateaued.

Remember all those out of work car marketing executives ? I hope you kept their number.

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Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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Wish I could find this ad ...

read this, and it reminded me of an ad I saw in an advertising trade journal about verified viewing figures. It had a couple "making out" on a sofa in front of the TV with the great slogan:

"Whos screwing who ?"

IIRC it was an ad for a market reseach company.

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Tesla vs Media AGAIN as Model S craps out on journo - on the highway

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Vaguely reminds me

of the time in the 80s, when anyone in the US who owned a Jag was teased about needing a second car for the days the Jag was off the road ....

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UK doesn't have the SKILLS to save itself from cyber threats

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Re: I have an idea

I pay enough fucking tax, thank you. I have no interest in doing the states job for free.

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A true story

I may have told before ...

Back in 2009, my lad was due to chose his GCSE choices. The school held an open evening and 3 local universities all gave a presentation on why kids should aspire to go to university (and thus the choices they should consider).

One chap told us of a student that had graduated in 2007, that had moved to America with her company, and was earning over £40,000 a year. Her company ? Chase Manhattan. Her course ? "Politics and history". Not a doctor. Not an engineer. No cure for cancer from her. No solution to the world energy or hunger crisis from her.

The fact that she was the aspiration this odious smarmy little shit chose to parade in front of 14 year old kids tells me exactly why things are the way they are.

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Chickens coming home to roost

so, totally debase science and technology teaching over a period of years. Allow and encourage a celeb-obsessed culture where the height of aspiration is to flash your bits on big brother. Ignore, and belittle scientists and experts in favour of political expediency.

And THEN act surprised we're not keeping up in the read world.

Well, colour me surprised.

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Dish boss on ad-skipping service: 'I don’t want to kill ads'

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Could this be an end

for the business model where the broadcaster gets paid by the advertisers AND the viewers ?

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Public told to go to hell, name Pluto's two new moons

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Sagan and Moore

thats all.

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