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EPIC FAIL, FACEBOOK: FTC complaint against creepy mind games filed

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Not the apology I'm looking for

We were wrong and we're sorry that we upset you. We won't do it again.

That would be an apology.

Telling us that they meant no harm and that they don't think they caused any harm doesn't quite do it for me.

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Facebook 'manipulated' 700k users' feelings in SECRET EXPERIMENT

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Dirty devious bastards

So they acknowledge direct psychological manipulation of unknowing users? That's a pretty stupid thing to do considering that amongst the vast number of FB users there must be at least some who are at one time or another in a mentally fragile state.

The Ts & Cs may refer to use of data for research purposes, but this amounts to use of the users minds for research purposes - and that sure isn't covered.

It doesn't surprise me that FB doesn't see any difference, or care if there is, but it worries the hell out of me that the researchers didn't see any need to consider the ethical implications of what they were doing.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 world conquest plan: folders!

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Eh?

Sounds a lot like Windows 3.1 Program Groups.

If so, it's about time. I've wanted the convenience of them for quite some time.

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Sci-fi series withdrawal

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Re: @Phil W

No, I wasn't aware of the campaign. I get the point though - quite neat really.

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@Phil W

Andromeda plots too complex??? idiots. I felt that there were unexplored/dangling threads prior to the last season that were crying out for resolution, but that last season seemed like just padding.

I guess I can't complain about SG1 too much if they were gracious enough to continue to satisfy the fans. I just felt that the magic and mystery had gone, and I really couldn't be bothered with the whole Ori thing. Still, I'll watch it again, no doubt.

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It's a shame that so many decent series have been canned. But I wonder : at least they weren't allowed to outstay their welcome, leaving only fond memories.

In my view, SG1, B5 and Andromeda would all have benefited by being properly terminated at least one season early.

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Re: Sci-fi series withdrawal

+1 for the Space:Above & beyond reference.

There are also, of course, the Stargate variants. I particularly enjoyed Stargate:Universe.

Farscape was mostly enjoyable - the Peacekeeper Wars washup was certainly worth the effort.

All old stuff, though. Modern ones certainly have a surfeit of teenagers.

Almost forgot : Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Yes there are stroppy tenagers in it, but there are also unstoppable killing machines. And Summer Glau.

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'I got a little bit upset by that Register article...' says millionaire model. Bless!

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Re: "British Islands"

Wikipedia to the rescue : in legislation, British Islands means the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Well, I'm slightly less ignorant than I was this morning.

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"British Islands"

Perhaps I missed the memo, but is there anything significant in his use of British Islands vs the more traditional British Isles?

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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Re: I bet

I quite agree. draw a line under the past usually means "that was a collossal embarrassment, and I'd really rather not talk about it any more."

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

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Too complicated

It would be simpler and cheaper to hire a servant for a couple of hours a week.

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Google's URL-hiding 'origin chip' is 'backburnered'

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@Terry Cloth - Re: You mean like this?

Good point, and it is like that on the latest Firefox (30.0 on Win7 and 29.0 on Mint for me).

So, +1 to Firefox.

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New Apple iOS to help fanbois thwart Wi-Fi network spies

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@adnim, @DougS - Re: Nice, but ...

Ok, two good reasons why not.

I doubt that either would matter in the general case of public wifi (eg in a pub), so maybe a user-selectable option (defaulted to 'off')?

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Nice, but ...

It would be even nicer if the random MAC was also used for making a connection. Any practical reason why that couldn't be so?

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TrueCrypt considered HARMFUL – downloads, website meddled to warn: 'It's not secure'

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Intriguing

The site goes out of its way to provide the information needed in order to move data away from truecrypt volumes, for all platforms - not just Windows.

This suggests that it isn't just a malicious hack or take-down of Truecrypt, but a serious atttempt to get people to move their data out of Trucrypt volumes. Therefore one might be inclined towards the theory that the developers are responding to an attempt to subvert the product, or discovery that it has already been subverted.

What is slightly puzzling is the push to download and use version 7.2. Maybe I'm missing something, but wouldn't anyone with a Truecrypt volume already have an earlier version available? If an earlier version can't be trusted, why trust a new neutered version?

It boils down to whether 7.2 is truly just a cutdown decrypt-only truecrypt, or has some little extras put in to take advantage of all that lovely information being passed through it. That would be pretty audacious, I think.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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"Dark" , "Off the grid" , "Underbelly"

Interesting language. Sounds like someone's been on an "Internet for spooks" course. Or is it meant to encourage support from certain communities for their aim to free our communications?

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350 DBAs stare blankly when reminded super-users can pinch data

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Tracking users

The logical conclusion from this is that organisations need to track all users' activities, and pay particular attention to the activities of the admin types. Which implies that monitoring of activities should be a function separate to the normal admin roles.

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Wacky 'baccy making a hash of FBI infosec recruitment efforts

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Credentials

So in the investigative community, when A makes a seemingly far-out assertion to B, a response of What have you been smoking? will no longer be an expression of incredulity but, rather, a request for A's credentials?

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The amazing .uk domain: Less .co and loads more whalesong

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Re: The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

Fair point. Although I had a go at Microsoft, it's really the general push towards the use of washed-out pastel colours which has made UIs so boring and ineffective that I'm griping about. Whatever happened to standing out to get yourself noticed?

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The colour represents self expression, new thinking, and new horizons.

Not at all. To me, the colour represents slavish and unthinking adherence to Microsoft aesthetic standards.

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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

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"concrete targets and milestones with key performance indicators"

Well, that's me convinced then.

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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"... so BT have something to learn there"

Yes, but I warrant that it isn't in the area of technical expertise. They're experienced enough to know how to do it right, and I suspect that they simply decided that they couldn't be arsed to expend the effort to come up with a proper technical solution.

They need to brush up their customer-oriented skills a bit. If it wasn't for their apparent privileged position in the UK, I doubt that they'd survive real competition.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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"There is no question of HMRC selling data."

Meaning, I presume, that no-one is asking the question "should we/shouldn'we?".

It's quite apparent these days that criminal sanctions is no barrier to information leakage, so why do they think that it is all they need to ensure security of the data? Or why do they think we are stupid enough to believe it?

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Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU

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@ Andy Prough - Re: This sort of thing doesn't happen

Ah, now I understand why the 'Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit' is available for Windows XP : it should finally kill off any lingering remains.

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Startup CEO Chahal fired for domestic violence incident

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Whatever happened to real ethics? What happened integrity?

He was CEO of a marketing outfit and he had to ask that?

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Re: @ Cliff - Welsh any help?

I'm rusty too, but I think "the dog's nuts" would be "y cnau'r ci".

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Microsoft Research adds interactivity to Windows 8 Live Tiles

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What do YOU think?

I think Microsoft should have the courage to push this as the intended path. If they're going to take up the whole screen with what is otherwise a glorified and dumbed-down Start menu, they might as well make it useful.

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

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@CadentOrange - Re: Windows XP

Fair enough - no problem then.

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Windows XP

Interesting timing.

Are Windows XP clients vulnerable or did Microsoft fix it in the final set of patches? If not, maybe they should consider one final final patch.

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@Neoc - Nuke the memory

That was my first thought, but then I read the detailed code analysis linked to in the article. The 64K sent back is copied from the attacker's payload. As the attacker's payload is only one byte, the rest comes from whatever is in process memory after the received payload.

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Boss at 'Microsoft' scam support biz told to cough £000s in comp

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Shocking

Shocking that when they finally catch one of the bastards behind this odious scam, they don't bang him away for 5 years+.

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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Re: Argument is pointless

Agreed - you need to have the in-house expertise and (I like your point here) follow standards with the intention of securing your information, not just avoiding liability.

My point is mainly about the feeling that it is no longer possible to trust in others for your own security, so you have to look to your own capabilities.

Inevitably smaller companies will have to outsource in some way, but at least they should be able to address the point about keeping sensitive data in-house. And they should be aware that anyone who offers a service based on "trust me" should perhaps be avoided.

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Argument is pointless

I can't be moved to waste effort analysing IBM's statement and Schneier's response. It seems to me that the existence of secret orders and mechanisms to access data, and the use of gagging orders to prevent disclosure, mean that even if IBM were telling the complete truth its customers still couldn't trust that their data hadn't been extracted.

Better to accept this reality and assume that any data which is held outside of your direct control is subject to access by government agencies (and criminals, for that matter), and design your data handling accordingly.

And that means : if your data is sensitive, keep it in house and only transmit it using encrypted channels with keys that you and the recipient alone know.

You can still comply with legal requirements for access, but at least you'll know about it.

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Behold, the TITCHY T-REX that prowled the warm Arctic of long ago

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Re: Just to ward off the obvious comments.

I thought the most obvious comment was Tiny T-Rex - Marc Bolan?

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Backdoor snoops can access files on your Samsung phone via the cell network – claim

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Backdoor / Security weakness

It's probably all a matter of perspective, but if it provides privileged access to the user's data and it is not possible for the user to disable it, then I'd say it certainly is a security weakness.

If in addition it is undocumented and not necessary for the correct operation of the device, then I have no doubt that 'Backdoor' is the correct term. It doesn't really matter what its purpose is.

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Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

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Re: Upwardly mobile?

Do they also think that painters and sculptors are just "working their way up" to managing and owning an art studio?

Excellent way of putting it.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Re: ... 'email me the pint instead'

Me too, please.

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Aargh! My EYEBALLS are MELLLTING! Curse this DEVIL LAPTOP

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Not impressed

"The Madrid study tested someone looking at the equivalent of a 100watt light bulb, at a distance of 12 inches for 12 hours a day

Not that I lean much towards the PETA extreme, but I do find it repulsive that people are still doing nasty things to animals just to provide marginally useful data.

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs, boffins suggest

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Dark matter killed the dinosaurs

Which is why you often find them in tar pits.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Yep, I'm pretty sure that any wife would want to know where $80K has suddenly appeared from.

And the IRS, of course.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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"Users who may feel uncomfortable about such material ...."

Odd concern, there : I would have thought anyone who was quite comfortable about spying on innocent members of the public in such an intimate way would not worry too much about seeing a bit of nudity.

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Facebook ditches TOP SECRET email service. Did YOU know it had one?

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',Twas a dumb idea

It made no sense to try to mix an internal messaging system with external mail functionality, so good riddance to it.

One drawback, though : it seems likely that the spam people may have been getting within Facebook will now be diverted to their proper e-mail accounts. Facebook should really just kill it dead, rather than continuing to facillitate spam.

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: Broadmoor Has To Answer

It is good that the disadvantaged members of society are given the chance to contribute. However, sadly those so far used lack both the detailed knowledge and subtle appreciation of how society should function.

Funny, you could be talking about MPs there.

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Harvard student thrown off 14,000-core super ... for mining Dogecoin

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Just a soak test

Honest, Guv.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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@Field Marshal ... - Re: Smart move

I fear you're correct. The idiocy is that they can't see the future benefit from (2) - like in the old days when shareware or older versions of software were made freely available, with the benefit that some of the freeloaders would actually pay for a future upgraded product.

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Re: Smart move

Indeed. It strikes me that a flourishing legal second hand market is a good way to (1) Reduce theft of first-hand goods and (2) Encourage product use amongst people who would otherwise not be able to afford it.

So - this move encourages theft and reduces take up of the goods. Very clever indeed.

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Korean credit card companies hit with 90-day, $100m sales ban

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That's the way to do it!

Need a Punch icon.

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Fine, you can mock us: NSA spies back down in T-shirt ridicule brouhaha

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"I'm glad the case helped reaffirm the right to lampoon our government"

Possibly the most important right in a free society.

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"This topic is closed to new comments"

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@diodesign - Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"

Damn - another conspiracy theory bites the dust.

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@Phil W - Re: "This topic is closed for new posts"

I agree about the legal consequences angle, but I fail to see any scope for that in this particular article.

I would have expected plenty of comments on similar lines to the one that did get through, pointing out the high likelihood that the initiative would fail, but what sort of comment could possibly have had legal consequences?

I reckon the worst that could have happened would have been comments designed to ridicule a couple of politicians. Since when would that have had legal consequences?

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