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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

JohnG

Re: Good thing...

DynDns no longer offer a free service though.

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Brit bank Barclays rolls out voice recog for telephone banking

JohnG

I had to use one of these voice recognition systems when i lived in Germany. I soon found out that my German language skills were inadequate and spent ages trying to get the system to understand a few simple words.

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

JohnG

Re: I can understand the potential foreign trade implications...

"And the Schengen cloud comes with pitfalls too. "We're a European company and for security we have used "Europe-only" data services."

Similar could be said of China but plenty of western companies have been prepared to sweep aside any moral considerations in order to comply with China's rather draconian approach to Internet services.

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JohnG

Re: For a start....

Although, the Schengen Treaty takes its name from Schengen - a town in the well known centre of communism, Luxembourg.

Not being a signatory to the Schengen Treaty, the UK would presumably be excluded from a "Schengen walled garden" - for some reason, it appears our fellow EU citizens don't trust us.

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How AGILE DIPLOMACY will spike PUTIN'S GUNS

JohnG

Re: Where's BoFH

Right Sector did a lot of the fighting in Maidan and they want a very different government. They hate the EU (although not as much as they hate Russians) and have indicated something along the lines of "this is a good start but now we need to clean out the rest of the government". As they and their mates in Svoboda now control the Security and Defense Council, they will soon have more modern weaponry with which to achieve this goal.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

JohnG

Re: Changing passwords

"Most corporate security bods don't though. They do have rules for...."

....what the user base and management will agree to. In the end, senior management want to be able to tick the box about security but they don't want to spend serious time or money on it.

If you do impose something really strict, the users will just write everything down and stick it to the back of their phone, near their monitor and/or put it in a file on their desktop named "passwords.txt".

I don't know why anyone would be surprised by the survey results - if everyone cared about preventative measures, STDs would be largely eradicated.

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

JohnG

"undesirable nudity"?

"...between three and 11 per cent of the obtained Yahoo! webcam pics contained "undesirable nudity"."

I take it that this means about 7% of the Yahoo! webcam pics were of naked fat people. By implication, some of the Yahoo! webcam pics most have contained "desirable nudity" but they haven't given a percentage.

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JohnG

Re: Translation:

"I'd like to see the legislation that says it's fine to collect pictures of naked adults, and probably naked kids too."

Typical get out clauses are "in the interests of national security", "exemption in service of the Crown" or "prosecution not in the public interest".

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EU hunts down online cross-border lawbook bureaucra-snaggles

JohnG

Re: this docu is important

The EC often does this - write some document pontificating about the benefits of open whatever and then supporting legislation that does the opposite. When satellite TV was switching from analogue to digital, the EC released a document which rambled on about how multiple sound channels could be used to have EU wide channels with sound tracks in different languages, such that all EU citizens could watch the same rubbish/propaganda/content. However, they have supported media companies in maintaining national segregation of TV markets and even made it a crime for someone to crack TV encryption for channels which they cannot buy a subscription.

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

JohnG

Re: Not quite the same

"Are you now telling me that it is illegal for some information (regardless of type) to be carried in the UK? That somebody can be arrested for carrying some files around?"

This has been the situation for a very long time:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Geo5/1-2/28

Para 1 (1) c

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

JohnG

Re: I am pleased

Well, it is good to know that the US justice system has successfully addressed all more serious forms of crime and that they now have ample resources with which to deal with rubber duck racers.

As rubber duck racing has not yet been outlawed in the UK, perhaps we could hold proxy rubber duck races for our American cousins and stream live video for them? (This bit should help anyone worrying about the lack of IT angle).

Does the ban only cover rubber ducks? Could other suitably labelled items be raced - perhaps a variant of Pooh sticks? http://www.pooh-sticks.com

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Snowden leak: GCHQ DDoSed Anonymous & LulzSec's chatrooms

JohnG

Re: DDOS

"This is specifically illegal under the Police And Justice Act 2006 so GCHQ broke the law."

If the police or CPS started any investigation or proceedings against anyone at GCHQ, I suspect they would be told that it would be against the interests of national security to proceed.

"What next, legalised assassination to prevent crime ?"

Armed forces around the world kill and injure people all the time and it is all perfectly legal (well, not always).

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Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

JohnG

Re: Seriously

Apple would have continued into bankruptcy if Microsoft had not chosen to bail them out. I bet Jobs was happy to have some advice from Gates then, along with cash from his company.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

JohnG

Re: Age realated Dislike Disorder here too.

"I fear that this is the thin of the wedge with regard to the demise of cash altogether."

Whilst the banks, HMRC and others with some self interest keep predicting the demise of cash, it hasn't happened and it won't happen. If the government of the day decides to stop printing notes and minting coins, people will simply use other currencies for cash transactions - they might even invent their own currencies or swap commodities.

My cash works when my phone is lost, stolen, has a flat battery or is otherwise incapacitated.

When I buy stuff for cash, HMRC, the banks and "their selected marketing partners" have no idea what I have bought.

Bank payment systems have to be paid for, which is why some traders offer a discount for cash.

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Connecting Gmail to Google+ is SENSELESS, says Digg founder

JohnG

Re: Google is doing a Microsoft...

"Google really doesn't want you to delete your profile, so if you do, you will be punished by losing pretty much everything beyond basic functionality on both Gmail and Youtube. All your comments, lists, history, likes/dislikes and anything else you have or do besides mail and watching videos, disappear permanently."

The thing is, Google may care if all my comments, lists, etc. are all lost when I delete my Google+ profile but I don't. I only care about Gmail and Drive, as I use these for relatively serious things and Google+ is just a toy to me.

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

JohnG

Re: No right of anonymity

"And if the complaint is legitimate AND there is a threat of retaliation?"

Then you have the choice to be prepared to backup your comments if sued or not make a comment.

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JohnG

Re: Meanwhile, on page two of the news...

"Nothing is done to quell the favorable comments of companies that lie, cheat, steal and act like a bunch of arseholes. Especially not investigate whether or not said reviewers had received any kickbacks for making such comments."

Although, it is now a criminal offence in the UK "for traders who falsely represent themselves as a consumer or engage in misleading marketing". Up to £5000 fine and/or 2 years in prison - could polarise the thinking of someone considering doing this. Admittedly, there are that many resources available for detection but if you have any evidence, I am sure your local Trading Standards office would be happy to take a look.

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

JohnG

Maybe Google should simply move their SF operation to another city where the jobs and associated spending would be welcomed.

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Two guilty over 'menacing' tweets to feminist campaigner

JohnG

Re: Don't get it.

"EVERY Bank of England note I've owed, except for one, has had a woman's face on."

For me, it is all the English banknotes I have ever owned and not just the ones that were owed to someone else.

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Block The Pirate Bay? Arrr, me hearties, new P2P client could sink that plan

JohnG

Tribler

Tribler has been around for a while now - it is a torrent client which also has a mechanism for searches of peer databases, thus removing the need to use a torrent indexing site. The content is limited by the size and intent of the user base.

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Hacker backdoors Linksys, Netgear, Cisco and other routers

JohnG

Re: Not likely

"Most users of this gear will not have any idea why their system has gone snafu, and a knowlegeable hacker will restore the system to a functional state pdq..."

Most users would probably notice that their router had lost the settings required to login to their ISP and the hacker would not be able to replace them because they would have been disconnected as soon as the router rebooted with default settings and because the hacker would not have the necessary ISP account details in the first place.

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Planning to rob a Windows ATM? Ditch the sledgehammer and bring a USB STICK

JohnG

"PLANNING TO ROB A WINDOWS ATM? DITCH THE SLEDGEHAMMER..."

A sledgehammer isn't going to get you anywhere - according to several news reports, the tool for the job is a JCB from a nearby building site.

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Time travellers outsmart the NSA

JohnG

Re: Well I'm convinced.

"Getting desperate, the researchers have also asked time travellers, if they exist, to post to the hashtag “#IcanChangeThePast2” or “#IcannotChangeThePast2”, on or before August 2013."

If a time traveller posted “#IcannotChangeThePast2” at any point in their own past, then they would have changed their own past (by revealing the possibility of time travel in the future), thus contradicting their own post.

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CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

JohnG

Re: Bastards....

"This has sod all to do with the FBI, NSA, Scotland Yard or any other government body. This is not a national security threat, it's a threat to those who want something for free."

Regardless of the actions/intentions of the victims, this is extortion or fraud and it is a criminal offence/felony, so the relevant authorities in the UK or USA are interested:

http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/cryptoLocker-alert-update-dec13

http://www.fbi.gov/washingtondc/news-and-outreach/stories/cryptolocker-ransomware-encrypts-users-files

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El Reg's contraptions confessional no.5: The Sinclair Sovereign

JohnG

Re: Casio FX-502P Programmable

I had a Casio fx-201P - this too was programmable but had a nice green vacuum fluorescent display (which meant that I almost always used it on mains power). I still have it and the associated programming manual. It still works.

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BT tweaks WORDING of sex-ed web block after complaints

JohnG

"I can see why some people might find this kind of filtering helpful, but it should have been an opt-in choice rather than a 'lets turn it on for all' choice."

This entire story is specifically about opt-in filters, intended for parents to restrict what their children can access and is not about the idea to apply a universal porn filter on everyone in the UK.

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

JohnG

Re: Rent Control wont work either

"...many people in service industries are on or close to minimum wage so additional commuting costs can make a massive impact on net income. Add in maybe working unsociable hours so public transport isn't really an option & suddenly you don't have office cleaners, early morning or late night café workers etc."

Central London has been like this for decades but there are no signs that it is falling apart due to a lack of cleaners or others in low income jobs. (Personally I hated commuting/working there, even on good money).

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

JohnG

Re: Speechless

"Blocking gay and lesbian material but not heterosexual sites is also arguably a breach of the Equalities Act."

That may be true but that is not what is happening - their filter blocks anything related to sex education, including sexual orientation. BT's statement from the article: "One of our optional filters does just that. It does not discriminate between heterosexual and LGBT content."

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

JohnG

"Nothing wrong with it in an enterprise network - it isn't an ISP doing it, its your employer and as such you have rules to follow internally."

True - but the employer should tell their employees clearly that they are doing this. In my experience, this is rarely the case - the information given to employees about any monitoring is vague (IMO, intentionally so).

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

JohnG

Re: Redundancy

"Redundancy means having a duplicate system"

....or perhaps a set of procedures to use regular telephones when the all singing and dancing system is down.

It seems incredible that they apparently had no alternative procedures to follow and just left everything in night mode.

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REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for iPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE

JohnG

Regulators?

Bullying resellers with restrictive contracts got Microsoft into a lot of trouble with EU regulators and courts. If Apple is as arrogant with EU officialdom as Microsoft were, I guess they could expect an even bigger fine. Of course, the EC could use the cash.

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Blighty's top moneymen: Hackers are SLURPING CASH direct from banks

JohnG

"Banks must make more effort to retrain or re-skill their employees," he said. "Much more emphasis should be placed on retention of soft skills, IP, organisational culture, the evolution of internal security policies and knowledge of legacy systems."

What employees? When you've outsourced all this stuff to some nice chaps in India and made your employees redundant, it is clearly not your problem any more (well - that's what the salesman from the outsourcing outfit said).

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US puts Assange charge in too-hard basket - report

JohnG

Re: And of course....

The silly thing is that, because he has broken bail in the UK, he will go to jail in the UK. If he had gone to Sweden and hired a competent lawyer, it is probable that the rape allegations would have been quashed.

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Thai man reportedly dies clutching his scorched iPhone 4S

JohnG

Re: It's all about the money

"A CE marking means nothing"

Whilst it is true that manufacturers apply the CE and RoHS marking themselves and some cheat, it is illegal throughout the EU to sell products which are falsely labelled or which do not comply with CE and RoHS rules. Those that sell this crap on ebay risk prosecution for manslaughter if their defective product kills someone.

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Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES

JohnG

Re: The Real Truth

"... the dolphins know more than they're letting on..."

I think the Japanese are dealing with the dolphins.

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

JohnG

"Still no mention of any rights that the website owners have."

That's an interesting point. EU single market rules mean that legitimate businesses should be able to sell their goods and services across the single market without hindrance - that includes legal porn businesses, like this is Germany and the Netherlands.

There has already been a case of this nature back in the 1990s. The government of the day in Britain was trying to stop a hardcore porn channel called Red Hot Dutch from selling subscriptions in the UK. This was deemed to be in breach of single market rules as RHD's services were legal in the country of origin (the Netherlands) and the British government was ordered to stop interfering with RHD's legal business. RHD subsequently went bankrupt and this was rumoured to be due to British government pressure but the reality was that RHD lost too much business to pirated cards for their services.

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True fact: Britain is losing its brains

JohnG

"But the study also has implications for education policy here in the West. Why educate people in science and technology if other countries are going to reap the reward?"

This is a chicken and egg issue. Take a look at the salaries and career prospects for people in science and technology - that may explain why so many leave and why so many choose careers in other sectors. Any time people in these sectors look like reaching professional salaries, the government of the day will come up with a scheme to solve the shortage of skilled workers AKA import cheap labour.

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Antivirus bods grilled: Do YOU turn a blind eye to government spyware?

JohnG

When selecting AV and other security software, maybe it is worth thinking about which jurisdiction(s) the company may be subject to and therefore, which government(s) may be able to make demands on them which they cannot refuse. In a way, you are selecting which government(s) can snoop on you.

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Post-PC era? Post-MAC era! OS X Mavericks 'upgrade' ruins iWorks

JohnG

Re: I never really understand these companies...

"Looks like Apple have contracted the same thing that Microsoft caught while they were designing Windows 8: in an attempt to "harmonise" platforms..."

I don't think there have been armies of users clamouring for the amalgamation of desktop and tablet O/S and applications. MS and Apple both seem to have decided that their users must be herded down this path.

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I am a recovering Superwoman wannabee

JohnG

Re: Relax!

"...reserve some quality time for yourself, you only get to live once."

Agreed. Also, the people that matter may not notice, understand, appreciate or care about the sacrifices you are making for them - in which case, it is all wasted.

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Please, PLEASE, Skype... Don't kill our apps and headsets, plead devs

JohnG

Re: "iPhones, iPads, Android gear and Windows Phone"

"I think the trick here is to not update your copy of Skype..."

Like this:

HKLM\Software\Policies\Skype\Phone, DisableVersionCheck, REG_DWORD = {0,1}

Personally, I like the reduced advertising and lack of home screen in Skype version 4.2 for Windows.

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Apple accused over 'secure' iMessage encryption

JohnG

"Apple accused and apple responded..."

Apple implied that interception would require a redesign of their imessage system, where they actually only need to send updated certificates. They then send "they had no plans to do this", which is not the same as "this is not possible". Their plans could be changed by a court order.

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FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS: Microsoft faces prising XP from Big Biz

JohnG

Re: Or

I like LibreOffice and use it at home every day - but the idea of a Linux desktop for corporate use is dead in the water for as long as Microsoft doesn't provide Office for Linux and keep changing their Office file formats as every upgrade.

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Last living NEANDERTHALS discovered in JERSEY – boffins

JohnG

People with origins outside Africa have about 4% DNA in common with Neanderthals. Whether this is down to shared common ancestry or hybridisation is not known.

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Divorcing ICANN and the US won't break the 'net nor stop the spooks

JohnG

Re: I just don't see how this makes a difference

"You don't really think the countries of the rest of the world will take ICANN away from the US and not see an opportunity to exert more control over the Internet themselves, do you?"

Actually, the ITU has done a pretty good job of getting everyone to agree on things like international telephony, despite many of the countries having deep political and ideological differences. I doubt that a US administered body would have achieved the same level of cooperation.

The problem with ICANN and the Internet is that countries like China and Russia see the US control as a potential threat and are considering to implement their own systems in their countries, thereby leading to the balkanisation of the Internet that most would like to avoid.

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

JohnG

Re: Even assuming the Swedish allegations are false and are dropped...

"..the US only has to ask and we would happily hand him over.."

It seems extremely unlikely that the Swedish authorities would agree to this and their claim has precedence.

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Brazil's anti-NSA prez urged to SNATCH keys to the internet from America

JohnG
Headmaster

personal, personnel

*personnel

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Turkish TV presenter canned for flashing too much cleavage

JohnG

Re: Cultural

"Why it isn't in the European Union..."

Israel is not in Europe, although that hasn't stopped Cyprus and is not stopping Turkey. However, Russia seems to be excluded from the EU's definition of Europe.

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British support for fracking largely unmoved by knowledge of downsides

JohnG

Fear

I guess it comes down to a question of what to fear most: the potential hazards of fracking or the certainty of higher energy prices.

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UK.gov's e-Borders zombie still lurks under the English Channel

JohnG

Re: Ferry

For those using the channel tunnel, the government could just ask Eurotunnel for the data. The Eurotunnel automated check-in terminals at Folkestone always greet me by name before I have provided any data. As I have never provided my car registration details to Eurotunnel, it seems that they use number plate recognition and link this data with passenger bookings when passengers enter the UK.

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