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How's this for a biz expense? SAP pops $8.3 BEELLION on company card for Concur

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Re: Is this SAP's autonomy ?

It looks like SAP want Concur's clients. Get them hooked on basic expense software, then up-sell the rest of the suite. That's the only way this deal makes sense.

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Synology bakes word processor, groupware, into its NAS OS

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Re: Sponsored?

Your assumption was mostly correct. ASUSTOR is a subsidiary of ASUS, i.e. a separate company, not just a product line under ASUS. Whether that actually makes a difference on the ground is hard to know.

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Re: Sponsored?

Thecus and Asustor also make popular NAS devices; the latter has only been around for three years yet already has a very impressive suite of products.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

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Re: OS vs apps: Paint

The first iPhone didn't even have 3G, only wifi. So having a data plan was irrelevant.

Once operators saw the uptake and the potential, they were falling over themselves to launch iPhone-specific plans. Also, Apple charged operators a few bob for use of the trademark "iPhone" in their plan names. For a while you could get the exact same plan at a cheaper price by choosing the variant without the fruity trademark in the name.

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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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Encrypt

If the NSA are splicing the cables, just encrypt all traffic between nodes.

At any rate, it's much, much easier to attack sites on dry land than to splice an underwater cable, then run a parallel cable back to the mainland and into your secret data centre.

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

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Re: Roaming charges are what they really mean...

Yes, nowhere else in the world has this problem, it's completely unique to the England-Scotland border.

Christ, try living somewhere like Basel, on the French/German/Swiss border. If their mobile networks can cope, I'm sure the Scots can too.

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Welcome your new digital.. commissioners? Likely pair could fill Steelie Neelie's shoes

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Re: Banks are digital these days, right?

Yes I could get a separate bank card, but by the same logic I could just use a local SIM when I go on my travels. That wasn't enough to convince Neelie.

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Banks are digital these days, right?

What Neelie did for phone calls, is there any chance this pair could do for banks? I'm constantly peeved at paying a 2.75% foreign exchange fee just for the courtesy of using my bank card in a different country.

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No TKO for LTO: Tape format spawns another 2 generations, sports 120TB bigness

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Back to maths class!

"Basically raw capacity is doubling every generation with compressed capacity increasing 2.5 times per generation."

No, that's not mathematically possible. Compressed capacity increases at the same rate as uncompressed, assuming no change in compression efficiency. And indeed compression has pretty much stopped evolving: all the low-hanging fruit has been plucked, there are only minimal gains left to be made.

What's worse, a lot of the new data which is filling up these tape drives is made up of images and video, already compressed: so the stated 2.5:1 compression ratio is actually falling.

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

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Not my GMail password

They have my GMail address, but not a password that I ever used with the service. They have a low-entropy easy-to-type password that I regularly use for one-off sign-ups on sites that I couldn't care less about. Unfortunately that doesn't help narrow down the source of the leak, other than to exclude Google themselves.

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Quit drooling, fanbois - haven't you SEEN what the iPhone 6 costs?

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Re: Err...

Yes it's pretty much the same price. The iPhone 6 base model costs £539, the 5S cost £549 at launch. However, since other phones (like all electronics) are falling in cost, the iPhone should be too. You can pick up a very capable handset for under £150 these days: it's no longer clear that the iPhone is special enough to make up for the extra cost.

The cost of the mobile networks is falling too: when I got my first mobe, I was paying something like £1 a minute for calls; today it's down to pennies or fractions thereof. As a result, the price of the handset becomes more noticeable.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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The numbers don't add up

"It processes more than 500 complex messages a second."

There are some 36,000 GPs in the country, seeing an average of one patient every 12 minutes; making a total of 50 patients per second. That's an order of magnitude less than the number of messages per second that the system is processing. What are all these messages?

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Size matters – how else could Dell squeeze 15 million pixels into this 27" 5K monitor?

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Re: What's the point?

A 5K monitor would allow you to edit 4K videos with a margin for your favourite editor suite's menus and toolbars.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: Old technology?

Hit us with a leg of lamb? Kids today already do that. It's called "shanking".

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Two-factor auth for Find My iPhone?

Two-factor authentication typically relies on a separate secure channel, such as SMS or a telephone call. If you're using Find My iPhone, it's because you've lost your iPhone, so that second channel isn't available to you.

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'Enterprise' ends ten-year mission: Choc Factory's biz services now Google for Work

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Since most of us use Google's services in multiple tabs, we could just call the product Tabs. There'd be Tabs 3.1, Tabs for Workgroups 3.11, etc.

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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An example to follow

If only other app stores were as selective!

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Goog says patch⁵⁰ your Chrome

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Silverlight still works

Silverlight works fine in this new 64-bit Chrome: I've just tried it.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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Daytime running lights

Aren't they required by EU law now?

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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No.

Just no. Leave us in peace at the weekend!

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Brother, can you spare a DIME for holy grail of secure webmail?

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What about for business?

Let's say I want secure email for all my employees. But then Alice gets run over by a bus and is in hospital for six weeks, and Walter needs access to her mailbox. Can I get a secure email system for my employees which nevertheless still allows the IT department to grant access to Walter's mailbox?

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EE: STILL Blighty's best mobe network, says 'Frappucino' Moore

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Twice the network

It's hardly surprising that EE are best - they have twice the network, since they have both Orange and T-Mobile base stations. Or am I missing something?

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Google hops into bed with Brit red-top: Cooks up 'draw an app' coding compo for kids

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Coding != Programming

For my tax money, I'd rather see kids taught programming than coding. The broad principles of programming can be applied in many domains, not just computing; whereas coding is too narrow and likely to turn off many students.

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Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes

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Direct debit

In the UK at least, PayPal can take money from your account via direct debit, thus bypassing Visa/MC and presumably not giving much to the banks either. Then they slap their whopping fees on top, which are almost pure profit.

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Microsoft throws old versions of Internet Explorer under the bus

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Product to Service

It's amazing how quickly we've shifted from the idea that software is a product you buy once (with a service pack or two to fix bugs later) to the idea that it's a service which is constantly kept up-to-date. It works surprisingly well for consumers (e.g. on smartphones), but businesses are taking a while to adapt to this new reality. Hence companies still using Windows XP today.

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

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Latency on mobile

HTTPS latency is particularly bad over 3G connections. Frustratingly, the scenario where you'd most want to use it (i.e. remote field workers) is the same scenario where latency is most noticeable.

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Android busted for carrying Fake ID: OS doesn't check who really made that 'Adobe' plugin

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Patch cycle

My Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is still on Android 4.4.3 because the powers that be have deemed 4.4.4 unsuitable for wider release. If even Google can't release their updates on time, what hope for the rest of us?

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Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY

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PDF on Windows?

Hasn't that already been there for a couple of years? I think it uses PDF.js, but I don't care about that. It doesn't require the hell-spawn that is Adobe, and it works fine most of the time.

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BT: Hey guys, we've developed NEW MOBE TECH! It’s called... 2G

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Re: But...

As the article says, a femtocell or a picocell will fix your reception problem.

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But...

I already have one phone that works inside the office and outside. It's my mobile phone. Why do BT keep trying to re-invent inferior versions of it?

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NEW, SINISTER web tracking tech fingerprints your computer by making it draw

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Re: Description...

Presumably the fingerprint won't differ between the same make & model of computer or tablet? There are millions of identical iPads and MacBooks. Some of the more popular models from Dell / Asus / Lenovo must sell in the hundreds of thousands, at least. I don't see how canvas fingerprinting could uniquely identify them.

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On porn?

Why on earth would you want an AddThis box on a porn site? Who in their right mind is going to watch a strictly NSFW video, then use their handy buttons to share it on YouTwitFace? It's an accident waiting to happen.

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Orange unleashes API assets, hires San Fran firm to lure in devs

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"The APIs [...] deliver information on what is being searched for by the users..."

Not if I connect to Google/Bing via SSL they won't. What are they talking about? What's in it for me to give Orange access to my DropBox and other accounts?

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

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Maths

68 per cent of apps (that request SMS permissions) ask for the ability to send SMS messages;

28 per cent of apps (with SMS permissions) also request read SMS access;

So out of a hundred apps which request "SMS permissions", 68 can send and 28 can read. What do the remaining 4% of apps do, if they request SMS access but neither read nor send?

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Delaware pair nabbed for getting saucy atop Mexican eatery

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Intoxicated

It's usually safe to assume drugs are involved in stories like this.

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Reg hardware hunter spots HP SlateBook 14 Android in the wild

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Full HD

Kudos to HP for having possibly the first Full HD laptop at just £329. Everything else at that price is horrible x768. Ok so it doesn't run Windows, but that won't matter for a great many people.

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Rural mobile coverage: Tweeting twits to join chirping tits in UK's national parks

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There are more important places to cover first!

I'd like to see decent coverage on the railway network first, before worrying about national parks. If I could surf the web and comment on Reg articles on the train, then I wouldn't need to do it at work, and my productivity would increase. It's good for the economy, apparently.

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Do your execs take mobile security seriously?

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Mobile security? Hah. Getting them to take more than a passing interest in regular security would be a good start.

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How to make $7,000 a month and benefits: Be a teen tech INTERN

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And when they grow up?

How much do adult coders get paid in Silicon Valley then? $7,000 a month works out to £50,000 a year in the UK, which is well above-average in most places (possibly except London).

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Silicon Valley royalty royally slammed for 'persistent, troubling deficit' of diversity

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News flash: Vatican found to employ too many Catholics, not enough members of other religions.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

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Which crypto?

Do we know which encryption algorithm(s) and which software he was using? Inquiring citizens might like to know which systems can't be broken by the police.

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Universal Discredit: Gov admits Treasury HASN'T signed off biz case

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"signed off"?

What exactly does "signed off" mean here? If nothing has been signed off, the project shouldn't have started in the first place. So clearly something has been signed to get it started, and to get the millions spent so far. We're missing a large part of the story.

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Dubai to get HUGE climate-controlled DOMED CITY and giga-mall

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No worse than Las Vegas, surely?

Isn't this just a clone of Las Vegas? There the hotels have light blue sky-ceilings instead of glass, but otherwise it's the same concept. Vegas has miles of shops, huge hotels, ample parking, a barely-used monorail, and no culture. Granted Dubai's version seems a little more controlled, but it's the same principle.

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O2 and 'leccy firm's MNVO bid flops as £25m glugs down the drain

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Re: Lycra Mobile?

It's a bit of a stretch...

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Amazon's not-actually-3D Fire: Bezos' cash register in YOUR pocket

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Disappointingly expensive

It's more expensive than I expected. A brand new Google Nexus 5 starts from $349 contract-free. It gives you the same vendor lock-in you'd enjoy with Amazon, plus access to a bigger App Store. Sure, the phones are technically different; but tech specs were never going to be the USP of an Amazon phone.

The Kindle Fire tablets were competitively priced. This thing isn't.

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London Tech Week: All for the luvvies and the joke's on you, taxpayers

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Re: Tech businesses

You wouldn't know it from looking at the UK's banking sector, but there is in fact a clear difference between banking and tech.

In the US, every small town has its own bank; and they don't each run their own back office systems. Instead the back office operations are outsourced to one of several banking tech companies. The tech company manages all the technical aspects of the account, including any online banking facilities, card and PIN management, and all the rest. At the bank counter, the teller's computer runs the tech company's software.

However it's the bank which makes all the financial decisions, including who can open an account, who gets credit, how much credit, and at what interest rate. They also handle marketing and anything involving physical cash. It's analogous to MVNOs in the mobile phone sector: one company runs the infrastructure while a completely different company deals with the customers.

In the UK, the asset management sector outsources its back office work, sensibly enough. But our banks are vertically-integrated monoliths just begging to be broken up.

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The real question is...

How do I get tickets to the free booze boat party next year?

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AT&T has Amazon 3D smartphone on lockdown – report

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Re: The joy of the walled garden

The basic definition would be whether you can run code that isn't signed by the manufacturer. It's not limited to mobile phones - games consoles are walled gardens too.

Apple extended that idea into making it much harder to load your own music and videos too, essentially "nudging" you into buying on the iTunes store. Sure, you can download music on your computer, then use the horrible desktop iTunes to tediously "sync" audio and video files from the computer to the iDevice; but it's much easier if you just buy it through their store. Compare that with Android where you can fling files onto the device with simple Windows Explorer, where any app can open any other app's files, where you can even run your favourite BitTorrent client and download music and video without spending any more money.

As one Reg writer already pointed out, buying the Kindle (Fire) is like buying an Amazon till. The Amazon phone will be the same, and as such it should be a money-spinner for Amazon, even if it doesn't sell that many units.

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The joy of the walled garden

Many people like walled gardens. In the iOS vs Android war, Apple's walled garden approach makes for a safer device - there's virtually no malware on un-jailbroken iOS devices.

If Amazon were to set up a competing walled garden, at a lower price point, it would attract a lot of people. One particular group is parents who are worried about what their kids can access; but anybody who is concerned about the security of Android, and who can't afford an iPhone, is a likely customer.

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How practical is an electric car in London?

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Re: More privileges?

It wouldn't be a problem for me personally if Romanian gypsies were allowed to drive horse-drawn wagons in bus lanes, and I'd love to see that headline in the Daily Mail. A great many things wouldn't be a problem for you or me personally, but if that's the requirement, then none of us can hold an opinion about anything.

Three points:

Firstly, as stated earlier, we already give electric car drivers thousands of pounds in subsidies. I estimate the privilege of driving in bus lanes to be worth another couple of grand annually. There are better ways of spending that kind of money.

Secondly, at the margin, more cars in bus lanes will mean slower journeys for bus users. The effects won't be evenly distributed: some bus lanes will remain virtually car-free, while others will be chock-a-block with electric cars at peak times.

Thirdly, and perhaps most importantly, it sets a dangerous precedent. If we allow electric cars into bus lanes, soon every other group in society wants special privileges too. Minicab drivers? Blue badge holders? Urgent Amazon deliveries? Google's self-driving cars? Members of the Olympic committee? (Oops, we've already had that one.) We might as well go the whole hog and turn bus lanes into toll lanes.

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