* Posts by Slx

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Walmart sues Visa for being too lax with protecting chip cards

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Re: Lousy concept of ecommerce?

I have to say though things are changing rapidly when it comes to cheques in Ireland.

I work freelance and at least 95% of my invoices are paid by e-banking with the IBAN (BIC is gone)

Recently I was having work done on my house and I paid the builder, sparks, plumber and tiler the same way. All zapped through by electronic banking using IBANs

What would make even more sense though would to link a "paying in" address to your verified mobile number. That way you could send payment without giving away banking account details.

Transactions are free of charge and processed within 24h to any Eurozone bank account.

You can include long messages and my online banking is secured with three factor authentication.

(Log in ID, a security question, selected digits from a secret code and to actually transact anything you need to generate an authentication code using my debit card inserted into a little card reader. That also needs my chip and pin PIN)

So pretty rock solid.

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24 years of chip and pin in France!

This is like a discussion from the late 1980s!

France has been a successfully using chip and pin credit cards since 1992 with trials having been completed in tennis to late 1980s

I don't know why US banks are being so slow about rolling them out. It's really starting to look like some kind of weird technological backwardness at this stage.

That being said, banks are hardly shining examples of forward thinking and technologically savvy!

My sense is that there's a major opportunity for someone to just tie up with Google, Apple and the telcos and completely bypass the old payment card duopoly.

The whole concept of paying for things using largely trust based systems that mostly rely on a 16 digit card number and expiry and a few bits of fixed information crudely hacked on for security is beyond stupid.

We should be in complete control and pushing payments to retailers in realtime. They've absolutely no need to store people's payment card details and we've no need to be using 1960s tech in 2016 either !

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Re: Zip code for non-US cards

I've had this issue with UK online stuff and Irish cards.

Enter your address

1 Fake Streer

Ballyfake

Co Fake

Ireland

Postcode : X11 1A1A (not my real code as they actually link to individual addresses in Ireland).

Your postcode is invalid

I try 00000

Your postcode is invalid

In the end I just end up putting in the code for Buckingham palace which works fine!

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Sayonara, Brits! The Irish tech sector could benefit from Brexit

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Re: Brexited UK would start to crumble

Also, it's worth remembering that some of the Northern Ireland peace agreements were predicated on EU membership as are many of the cross-border bodies and just practical cooperation measures that go on across a whole range of services and infrastructure at this stage.

I'm not sure how that's going to work...

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To be fair to both countries, they're both massive tax and regulatory havens. I find it more than a little hypocritical when British commentators get all high and mighty about Ireland's low corporate tax rates while benefiting from the light touch regulation no questions asked centre of the world known as the City of London.

The consequences for Ireland are likely to be unpredictable, as they will be for the UK.

Bear in mind UK exports TO Ireland are enormous. We are your 5th biggest export market.

It will also have a disproportionate impact on SMEs in both jurisdictions as they're the kinds of companies that might have limited expert trade and find it difficult to skirt new customs barriers.

We basically have no idea how this might pan out. It's likely to be a very mixed bag.

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Re: Brexit?

What's confusing though is that often "Brussels proposes that X,Y,Z.." comes down to a single MEP or commissioner shooting their mouth off or flying a kite about a particular issue.

As far as I'm aware this isn't EU policy, it hasn't been debated, it hasn't been formally proposed.

The Commission doesn't really have collective responsibility and secrecy like the British cabinets and individual commissioners can shoot their mouths off about their pet topics at times, without those issues ever getting beyond that.

I find sometimes the media (especially in Britain) has a habit of just not doing any analysis of European politics at all or even understanding how the system works. I know it's dull, tedious, boring and makes people glaze over but it is a massive disservice to the public to just treat the whole thing with contempt / sneering and not provide facts.

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Re: No ID cards in the UK? Tried to get a job recently, or rent property?

I agree, it's a similar setup up in the Republic of Ireland where there is also no official form of compulsory ID card and no requirement to carry ID. You will have various organisations demanding your driving licence, passport and at least one (if not several) utility bills in your name. Often its impossible to open a bank account without a utility bill and it's impossible to get a utility bill without a bank account.

That being said, it's not like the state doesn't attempt to track things. We have the infamous PPSN (Personalised Public Service Number) which originally started life as a tax and social welfare ID number. It has now managed, through function creep, to become the de facto ID number for pretty much all interactions with the state and public services. You need it for tax, social welfare, healthcare, university registration, primary / secondary school registration, even applying for a public body job on their recruitment system requires it!

Then in 2012 they introduced a Public Service Card (PSC) which replaced a bunch of other cards and transit cards. It contains facial scan biometrics, a photograph, electronic signature and an RFID chip. Registration has to be done in person using SAFE (Standard Authentication Framework Environment). Basically you have to bring evidence of address, passport or birth/adoption certs (if Irish or British), Passport or ID card (if EU non UK/IE) or passport if non-EU a long with verifiable proof of address (one of : utility bills, lease agreement, deeds, etc etc) and "any other documents or cards that might help to establish your identity" e.g. student ID, medical card, drugs payment card etc.

It's been rolled out to pensioners, social welfare recipients and gradually to everyone else on a kind of 'as needed' basis.

Literally it operates as ID for everything from collection your pension, dole payments etc etc pensioners with free-travel paying on the bus (by tapping it).

On top of that the Irish Passport Office introduced a Passport Card. This is an optional extra which you register for using their mobile phone app (take a selfie) and input your passport details. They then send you a secure card with passport style RFID and various other security features (holographic photo etc) which can be used within the EU / EEA in place of an Irish passport.

The logic of it was that so many Irish passports get lost/stolen on holidays due to other EU states' requirements to carry ID that we would just have to issue optional card-type ID anyway.

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There's absolutely no question of ID being required for internet access, mobile phones or anything like that though. You can still buy a mobile phone / SIM without ID and you aren't required to provide anything to setup an ISP account and hopefully, long may it continue that way!

A few of the mobile providers will try and encourage you to give them ID, largely for their own marketing purposes though.

We also have one MVNO network reportedly cutting people off for 'unusual activity' (such as going on holidays to more than one country) and demanding copies of passports to reactivate service due to some bizarre internal policy.

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So, all in all, I think we are just implementing sort of 'opt in' ID cards via the backdoor.

Same in Britain? I'm not sure as I haven't lived there.

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Google et al would LOVE this. I mean, an ID card would basically be an unerrasable, personally attached, state-enforced cookie!

I mean imagine the data mining possibilities? I'd say quite a few online marketing firms would be having wet dreams about this idea.

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EU set to bin €500 note

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I'm based in Ireland in the Eurozone and I have never seen a €500. A bank once gave me a €200 and I had serious difficulty using it as nobody would accept it. Even another bank was iffy about it.

You rarely see €100s never mind €200 or €500 the highest denomination in normal circulation is the €50.

The 1 and 2 cent coins are gone here now too. They're accepted, but your change is rounded to the nearest round number multiple of 5 cent (in your favour according to the guidelines and in reality too).

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Daft draft anti-car-hack law could put innocent drivers away for life

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They don't live in a particularly orderly society though. They've one of the highest levels of murders, shooting and violent crime in the developed world. So, it clearly doesn't work.

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These populist, reactionary mandatory sentencing regimes in the US are taking power away from courts to make subtle and sensible decisions based on the facts and they're massively increasing the US prison population.

The United States prison population is something they should be ashamed of not trying to increase.

A whopping 689 / 100,000 people is in prison in the United States

445 in Russia

301 in Brazil

199 in Poland

148 in England/Wales

145 in Scotland

140 in Spain and Portugal.

132 in Jersey

100 in France

82 in Ireland

78 in Germany

71 in Norway

45 in Iceland.

This is not a table you want to be shouting "We're number 1" on...

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Pop goes the weasel! Large Hadron Collider blown up by critter chomping 66kV cable

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This is why I don't fear Skynet.

It'll be some big arrogant highly intellectual AI system then one of its data centres will be taken out by a birds nesting and taking dumps in its cooling systems or wasps will move into its air vents.

Or some kind of extremophile organism will figure out how to munch circuits.

Biology is ruthless and loves warm, nutrient rich places to hang out.

Bacteria, fungus and moss could probably take out any AI once they got the hang of it.

Think of it like a fluffy, feathery, cute 3.7 billion year old version of the Borg ;)

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Ireland's tech sector fears fallout of Brexit 'Yes' vote

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Just to add to that UK exports to Ireland are worth £27.6 billion / year annually (based on 2014 figures so, due Irish rapid economic recover those have likely increased).

We are your 5th largest destination for UK goods and services and very deeply connected.

That is a MASSIVE amount of trade and it will disproportionately impact SMEs, food and drink companies, retailers, services companies, telcos etc and those kinds of non financial service, real businesses on both sides of the Irish Sea that actually sell consumer and business to business products.

The two economies do a hell of a lot of actual goods and service trading.

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I'd just point out one major inaccuracy. There was and is freedom of movement of citizens of Ireland between the UK and Republic of Ireland under the Common Travel Area. In fact, we treat each other's citizens as if they're locals in almost every respect. That goes far beyond EU rights.

However, there was never any free movement of goods and services. We had full customs borders and even an aggressive trade conflict after Irish independence.

Freedom of movement of goods and services between the two jurisdictions came about as part of the EU.

There were still people getting charged with smuggling in the 1980s.

If the uk leaves, Ireland also can't unilaterally negotiate outside of the EU as its a customs union. Any negotiations between the UK and any EU member can only be done with the EU as a single bloc.

This could be absolutely disastrous for the Irish and northern Irish economy.

Also it will have a significant impact on British businesses as, like it or not, we are your 5th largest export market and as tightly integrated into many supply chains as a British region.

You'll also find that Irish disruption channels will likely have to disconnect from the uk and plug into the continent to remain in the single market to access goods and services.

So, for many uk multiples, retailers, service providers etc this could be as nasty as a significant and wealthy mid sized English region suddenly being unplugged from their network.

Trade is trade and it's not all one way and pulling the rug from under an established system will inevitably have consequences.

It's very likely that EU deals will be focused on German needs, not Irish ones so, it's very possible that Ireland may end up disproportionately impacted by this.

It's also very likely that if that happens we would find constitutional reasons to have a referendum and vote down every EU treaty.

Whole thing is a complete disaster from what I can see. I'm actually contemplating moving to a less unstable continent! Too many fundamentals in Europe are being called into question all time. I'm fed up with it and may vote with my feet.

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Ding-dong, reality calling: iPhone slump is not Apple's doom

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Sadly the stock market is responsible for ever increasing short-term thinking.

Everything comes down to quarterly results. Apple is still an absolutely cash rich behemoth and you've got people fanning the flames of its impending doom simply because of a really minor fluctuation in sales over a short time in a massive economic mess.

China's economy is generally rocky at the moment and I suspect a lot of the bad news is being creatively covered up by its absolutely unfree media / PR arm of the state.

The global economy general is also not really back in rude health either. There are massive problems still ongoing almost everywhere, even if there are a few bight spots.

But, in general this idea that if a company isn't producing quarter-on-quarter growth that it needs to have its shares panicked upon just shows the absolute stupidity of modern stock trading. This is why we have bubbles and busts all the time. There's little / no analysis.

It's all number goes up YAY number goes down BOOO!

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Is Dublin becoming as unaffordable as San Francisco?

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Re: Housing shortage

Cork links to all the major London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and City) - All multiple times per day. It has a pretty hefty schedule to LHR and Stansted in particular.

Also to Paris CDG, Amsterdam Schiphol and several other big hubs are connected and it has a lot of smaller UK airports and a fairly broad range of connections to other European destinations, given that it's a city of about 300,000 max it's pretty decent connectivity.

You can also be at Cork airport from the city centre in about 15 minutes, which is a hell of a lot better than most cities.

It's actually very easy to get to and most people flying in/out on business from the states will tend to approach it via LHR or sometimes CDG or AMS.

Direct transatlantic flights are fairly meaningless if you just want to get somewhere relatively flexibly.

The choice of destinations out of Shannon is actually very limited and those TA flights tend to suit non-business travellers much more - i.e. focus on economy class, hard discounting etc and not flexibility.

Overall, I think Cork's pretty well connected - you've also got stuff like tier 1 transatlantic fibre connectivity with the lowest ping times in Europe.

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Re: Unlike San Francisco, Dublin has the capacity for further expansion

Of course there's room for expansion.

The density of housing in Dublin is way way too low. There's absolutely no high quality high rise at all and it's all little rows of boring suburban housing (much like the UK too).

Dublin needs to bring in serious investors with cash - pension funds etc to develop serious housing and go up a lot higher in the docklands and parts of the central area that aren't of any architectural significance.

I find all this talk about protection of Dublin's Skyline crazy.

What Skyline?!?! It doesn't have one.

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Re: Erm, isn't there a housing glut in Ireland?

The 'celtic tiger bubble' housing glut was inappropriate development in rural areas mostly.

It would be a bit like saying that the London housing bubble would be solved by a glut of housing estates built for non-existent people in Cumbria and Norfolk.

There was an insane notion amongst the banks that you could build housing developments in what were quite remote rural areas and that somehow these would be populated under the "if you build it they will come" system. Most of them were built as a purely speculative tool with a notion that they could be sold on and in a period of absolute hype.

Quite a lot of Irish (and major British) banks all jumped on the bandwagon and burnt through massive amounts of money.

The issue was that when the banks discovered their mistakes and the credit crunch happened, all development stopped, even sensible development. Ireland went from building 100,000 houses a year to about 20. The result of that was you'd a massive demand put on the rental sector which (like England) tends to be quite small as most people prefer to buy.

The economy didn't collapse. It most certainly was not similar to Greece or Spain. It probably has more in common with the US housing bubble and credit crunch and the Icelandic bank madness than anything else.

There was quite a strong underlying demand and once you striped away the excesses of the speculative bubble, there was a strong core economy buried in there i.e. the original Celtic Tiger.

Normal levels of development of property still haven't really quite returned to Dublin and the other cities. It's starting to ramp up again, but cautiously. The demand is massively outstripping supply and there's a full blown housing crisis now in Dublin as a result.

Basically, banks are like bipolar gamblers. They went absolutely manic on lashing money on investments that made no sense then flipped to the other extreme and wouldn't lend anything to anyone, even sensible and profitable developments were getting refused until quite recently.

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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The 1984 Act

Can we please refer to it as the 1984 Act from now on?

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Intel told Irish council all was well just before 12k job cuts announced

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They always release this kind of information on a 'need to know' basis and it's likely that even the local management isn't aware of the details.

Unfortunately, it's very unlikely that Kildare County Council, the Irish Government, the workers or much of the management structure of Intel itself will know anything about it until the company sends a press release or holds a conference.

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Apple yanks international travel plugs over shock worries

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Re: lingering high voltage energy?

That shouldn't happen but it would be a capacitor discharging.

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I actually saw some statistics for death by electric shock recently. The US low voltage being safer is an absolute myth.

2.1 / 1 million inhabitants in the USA

Scandinavia 0.2 using Schuko plugs and Danish variant.

Ireland 0.2 using UK style plugs.

UK 0.437

Seems the common dominator is universal usage of RCDs on socket outlets. The UK was later to the game on that than the other countries mentioned and the USA's notion that 120V is safer, is clearly not achieving much as the rate of shock is 10X higher than Scandinavia and Ireland.

That being said, you're VERY VERY VERY unlikely to be killed by electric shock in the developed world.

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Re: UL Approved Flat-Pin Plugs are Safe!

US plugs and sockets wouldn't comply with European regulations at all because of that. But, they are not intended for use in Europe and are thus exempt.

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Chinese crypto techie sentenced to death for leaking state secrets

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Sounds like they're punishing the family too.

China is a very strange place. Just when you think you're in a normal country the mask slips and you remember it's actually an authoritarian regime and the liberal vibe is a complete illusion.

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US congresscritter's iPhone hacked (with, er, the cell networks' help)

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Re: Wow, bringing back old rotary phones sounds better and better!

SS5 and other systems for those old s

networks was often just tones played down a phone line. You could hack it with a whistle, never mind a computer

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I'm not saying old = bad.

It's a system that comes from a very different development background to IP counterparts. It was top down developed by big telco equipment makers and telcos and standardised by committee.

It's not designed for exposure to the hostile world of open networks - old and inappropriate system for anything that's open to the outside world.

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Re: CTIA rep at end of article is LYING

*ALL* of the voice switches used around the world have "lawful interception" capabilities that allow this kind of "hack".

Unlike SIP or most of the VoIP protocols, SS7 is a signalling system that was developed for primarily state owned or equivalent monopoly telcos. It's an evolution of older systems and it was designed from the outset to be open to being tapped. They've inbuilt, crude backdoors.

A state can literally purchase interception software for any of the common voice switches out there and they most definitely have been used politically in some countries in the past and are openly used as tools of control in places with extreme censorship regimes.

You'd be far safer as a journalist or politician using Facetime and WhatsApp than a mobile or landline service if you suspected someone wanted to listen to your calls.

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It's amazing that the mobile voice networks are still hanging off a 1980s protocol designed for ISDN and ancient voice switches that are nothing to do with IP technology.

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What's wrong with the Daily Mail buying Yahoo?

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Yahoo is still around?!?

Wow

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Brexit would pinch UK tech spend but the EU wouldn't care – survey

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Instability is the issue here

I have to say as an outside observer I'm actually shocked at how risky this strategy is.

Whatever your views are in the EU, opting to take a leap into the dark at a time when there is very poor global economic stability and a massive security crisis a migration crisis that's got nothing to do with the EU and everything to do with the Middle East is pretty stupid.

Twice in the last few years the UK has called into question very fundamental aspects of its existence : Scotland came close to leaving and now you're quite possibly going to leave the world's largest consumer bloc.

I think it's totally naive to assume that the UK has has no influence at EU level. If anything European policies are far more in line with British free market economics than with anywhere else and the UK has not only been hugely influential as the second largest country in the EU, but regularly plays very hard ball and punches way above its weight in negotiations.

You'd swear it was just this little put upon member that's dragged along for the ride when nothing could be further from the truth.

I think the UK has squandered a major opportunity over the years to actually take a leading role in the EU by just sneering at it and buying into tabloid "booo EU" nonsense.

You're now about to walk off into who knows what kind of future instead of actually engaging in a meaningful way and actually change things. Not doing a short PR stunt of Tory brinkmanship negotiation to "extract a deal from Europe"

All that's coming across to me is that the UK is politically unstable and will frighten investors with this kind of stuff.

You're also going to wreak havoc in Northern Ireland, until recently the most violent place in Western European by basically creating a situation where customs borders are likely to be reimposed as most of your commentators have completely forgotten that you've not only got an EU land border but probably one of the most successful examples of how opening a border brought prosperity and stability to a whole region. But, sure what does that matter, it doesn't concern tabloid newspaper sales.

All I know is this is going to bring instability. Not only to the UK but to most of your neighbours and to the global markets.

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Re: Leave the Conman Market before its too late!

Tiny problem with that is you're not a small tax haven with a tiny population and little or no infrastructure or defence requirement.

How are you going to run all the state services; NHS, Schools, Welfare, Roads,

Police, armes forces, Etc etc on 20% and 7% tax?

You'd be talking a MASSIVE drop in state income and either unsustainable borrowing or absolutely horrific cuts to basic services and mass layoffs of public servants.

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Apple pulled 2,204lbs of gold out of old tech gear

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I'm of the opinion that companies should be taxed based on making landfill destined junk. Apple to be fair to them are a high end brand and they do push towards at least thinking about these things a bit.

I'm horrified at the way major appliances like washing machines, dishwashers, fridges etc are now being produced by very cheap manufacturers at unrealistic prices. That means you're getting appliances that are badly made and disposed of after a couple of years. Well made and old appliances often last 14+ years.

That's really having a deep impact on the local environment and on the environment where those machines are in reality made (cheap parts made in far flung places).

I think the appliances need to be ID tagged and those IDs linked to tax or import levies on their manufacturer.

Ultimately all this is about it taking high cost low emission, high wage manufacturers and turning them into near 19th century standards of pollution and employment law in another country far away and out of sight.

There's no such thing as a cheap appliance. The cost is going somewhere.

I'm fed up with the bashing of Apple on these things though. Yes its a huge brand but no it's not by a long shot the most unetgidal or environmentally damaging. Look around you at all the electronic, electrical and packaging waste you're generating for absolutely no reason. It mostly doesn't even improve your lifestyle.

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US anti-encryption law is so 'braindead' it will outlaw file compression

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Will this not simply drive a lot of R&D and companies out of the United Stares entirely?

Congress seems to think they can compel multinationals to stay and create increasingly hostile legislation.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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He's very hard not to like!

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USB-C adds authentication protocol

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Phones all need the ability to completely disable everything other than the charging function on their ports.

Some has a Do you trust this computer message when you plug in.

We really need something like:

A prompt for:

Charge only?

Data connection?

Audio accessory?

With the phone requiring a pin unlock etc before doing anything other than charging.

For extreme security phones, an extra dumb charging port without any data services at all might be useful.

You could easily have a USB C data port on the top with a cover and a changing port on the bottom.

Bottom port only capable of charging the battery.

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Huawei's P9 flagship: There's a lot to Leica

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Re: Leica must be getting desperate

Huawei are trying to reposition at the moment.

Samsung and LG were seen as a poor imitator of Sony not all that long ago, how that has changed!

That's why Huawei is pushing out all these very high quality devices.

I really dislike this trying to clone another OS vibe to the software on Huawei though. Android is very, very good and well established. I quite like iOS, but I think Huawei attempting to make Android look like iOS is absolutely pointless and it's quite a poor imitation of iOS too.

I mean, seriously who wants Android skinned to look slightly more like an iPhone!? It's about as sensible as trying to make a Windows machine look like OS X. They're both fine operating systems, but they're quite distinct.

Samsung went through a phase of this in the early days of the Galaxy S too and have only really been standing on their own two feet for the last few versions as a really stand-out product.

Hopefully Huawei sees the success of the 6P and goes with more Android-centric approaches.

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I have the Huawei built Nexus 6P and it is a really nice device with very good built quality and specs.

The Huawei watch is stunning too.

Where Huawei goes horribly wrong is with their own software. If they just bundled raw Android they would be far better of. Their skin / overlay and tweak of Android doesn't add anything.

That being said, I would say the same for many of those overlays. Also, as Android has become increasingly slick itself, it's really fairly pointless to keep overlaying it with these kludges.

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Apple faces €48.5m fine from furious French

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Re: Don't buy phones from telcos

I can fully understand the need to recoup the cost of an expensive handset. You can't realistically expect a business to give away handsets if customers can just walk away and not pay for them or you'd have a lot of bankrupt telcos around.

However, a lot of what they do is pretty much a rip-off. Things like lock ins for 18 months on cheap handsets or in some cases on sim-only plans and insane out-of-bundle data rates that are absolutely price gouging.

Apple don't lock (in anyway) their sim free handsets. You're only locked in if the handset is sold by a carrier as per the carrier's T&Cs. It's nothing to do with Apple.

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Hubble spies supermassive black hole in surprising spot

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Maybe the lack of anything in the vicinity is something to do with the large blackhole hanging around burping ... "what solar systems?" nom nom nom...

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Met plod commissioner: Fraud victims should not be refunded by banks

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The whole concept of payment cards is flawed. We should have moved away from this decades ago at this stage.

How does an industry expect not to have massive fraud when they've a broken system that largely relies on a 16-digit number and an exp date and ccv that is handed to retailers on the basis of trust. I know there are optional extra security measures but the card can still be potentially cleared out.

The security on my gmail is far harder than my credit card! That's absolutely insane and a massive indictment of the whole financial sector.

They're not addressing fraud because they've a bit insurance slush fund and they're wasting law enforcement time and inadvertently allowing terrorists, criminals and who knows else to get money out of weakly secured systems.

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Water treatment plant hacked, chemical mix changed for tap supplies

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I think the term Hactivists is wrong ...

Tampering with your a towns water supply is dangerous vandalism and also leaving SCADA systems on the open web is insane. That's like leaving the keys to the water treatment plant under a rock with a note saying "please do not steal".

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Who would code a self-destruct feature into their own web browser? Oh, hello, Apple

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Just curious:

Could you check the Console app for GPU resets?

Also just post what exact machine this was happening with and if it had a particular GPU.

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Irish government websites hit by widening DDoS attacks

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It's also a very unsophisticated attack. DDoS is effectively just crude flooding, so they're not exactly testing or proving anything other than server capacity and ability to filter stupid nonsense requests.

All this is doing is costing *me* money via my taxes and impacting services I use every day.

It's about as clever as making prank phone calls to a reception desk over and over.

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Boards.ie floored by DDoS assault

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It's a massive and very historic site.

Dates back to 1998, beginning life as a Quake forum.

It's now got well over 600,000 users and something like 2.5 million threads and thousands of thematically organised individual forums.

It's actually a great living archive of online history too - it's very much a slice of (mostly Irish) online life.

It's the go to place for discussion on *any*topic and even hosts forums for most of the Irish telcos, utilities, banks, etc so you can get live tech support in a public, open venue from verified reps.

Boards.ie is a vast site and could even be one of the largest general purpose forums in the world.

It's a real pain that it's been hit by this as it's genuinely one of the most active discussion forums out there and has a real community spirit about it. One of the longest running hangouts on the web, and it's still commercially successful nearly 2 decades later.

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Apple evacuates European HQ after bomb threat

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Re: "Up to 4,000 workers"

Apple's been in Cork since 1980 and currently employs over 4000 people there. It's a pretty seriously significant site.

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Upping security against what though? A muppet with an email account?

There was obviously nothing there. Just some idiot causing major stress and inconvenience for a whole load of staff this morning.

Also, Cork is 260km away from Dublin, on the South Coast of Ireland.

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Re: Just like their software...

Possibly because they'd figured out that it was a hoax and there was nothing to 'dispose' of.

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Death Stars are a waste of time – here's the best way to take over the galaxy

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The Borg would probably take out the empire in a few weeks by just assimilating their technology and people, keeping all the planets intact and turning everyone into a drone.

Ruthlessly efficient and far less wasteful of planets and energy!

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Apple on the attack against British snooping bill. Silicon Valley expected to follow

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Simple solution would be to withdraw iCloud services and Gmail, Twitter etc etc from the UK.

The government would get a dose of political reality in a few days.

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EU mobile roaming rules to save customers billions in bills

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Re: The rest of the world

As much as the EU and US would like their laws don't extend to the rest of the world. So, all they can do is regulate roaming charges within the EU.

What always surprised me is that very few of the operators ever attempted to seriously provide competition by using sister networks to eliminate roaming charges entirely. Vodafone Passport was a kind of half attempt at it.

There was the only operator I ever saw take that very seriously.

The likes of Orange, T-Mobile, Telefonica, Telia-Sonera and so on all owned networks in multiple EU countries and smaller operators could easily have formed a roaming alliance to facilitate their customers.

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