* Posts by Buzzword

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Hillary Clinton draws flak for using personal email at State Dept

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According to one Mr E. Snowden, the U.S. federal government has access to both her work email and her private email. So she didn't really break any rules.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Who do you fear most ?

It depends on who you are trying to hide from.

If you intend to commit crimes in one country (e.g. the USA), then it makes sense to buy a "spyproof" phone from a country which doesn't have a Five-Eyes style intelligence-sharing agreement with that country (e.g. Russia). Even if the Russians have hacked your phone, they won't tell the Americans what you're up to, for fear of divulging their intelligence capabilities.

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Bloody TECH GIANTS... all they do is WASTE investors' MONEY

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There are plenty of Android phones with full QWERTY keyboards. If you don't like any of them then there's you can get a BlackBerry with a keyboard and which can run Android apps. Have you tried searching online?

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Want a MEEELLION-year data storage? Use DNA of course

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Re: And once it's in a suitable carrier

That is (in part) the plot of Orphan Black.

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This one weird script continually crashes Android email

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Re: What's best in life?

It's nothing to do with the mobile providers. Do you expect the Highways Agency to service your car too?

What about people who have wifi-only tablets, no mobile provider involved? It's up to the manufacturer to provide support (or not). That's the risk you take when buying hardware made by a company with a poor reputation for support.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Microsoft hardware

You wouldn't find this on an Apple computer, because a single company controls both the hardware and the software. Microsoft's reputation is being undermined by crap like this. They need to copy Apple and start shipping their own hardware.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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What are the consequences of treating it as realistic? It's not global warming: we don't all have to cycle and knit our own shirts and recycle hemp nappies. In fact there's pretty much no way to defend from such an event, short of building Dutch-style dikes (levees) around the entire coastline. Which isn't going to happen.

Without consequences, there is no cause for concern. It's as harmless as the movie 2012 or War of the Worlds.

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

If Bob suspects that Alice has been, umm, "communicating" with Charlie, then Bob can pop his pill and when Alice gets pregnant he can be certain it's not his.

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Re: Tax and government...

It's called eating your own dogfood. If a private company complains that the employment legislation is too onerous, or that another increase to employers' national insurance will mean layoffs, then the government can just stick their fingers in their ears and ignore it. But when the same message comes from your own side, from schools and hospitals and the civil service, then it's harder to ignore.

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Hey, NUDE CELEBS! Apple adds SWEET 2FA to iMessage, Facetime

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What's the second factor?

I only have one Apple product, an iPhone. What second factor am I supposed to use? An SMS sent to the same iPhone?

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Dutch government websites KO'd by 10-hour DDoS

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Photo library

Seriously, where are you getting these stock photos? They're awful!

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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They said black was chosen for the app's UI

"Every time you try to operate one of these weird black controls, which are labeled in black on a black background, a little black light lights up black to let you know you've done it."

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Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

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Re: Here's a question for your lawyers

Yikes! This sort of thing is why I haven't popped the question yet, despite months (even years) of decreasingly subtle hints.

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Google boffins PROVE security warnings don't ... LOOK! A funny cat!

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Re: I've seen and bypassed this message.

Can't they just detect intranet sites and adjust the message accordingly? If the address resolves to 10.*.*.* (or any of the private IP ranges) then make the security warning less intense. Now, where do I collect my cheque from Google?

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Bitter Lake: Know your enemy? Impossible, surely, when you don't know if the enemy exists

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It's a bit slow

Bitter Lake could have been condensed into less than half the runtime. There are too many scenes where the camera languishes over a subject, plinky-plonky music in the background, maybe some text on screen. For the SnapChat generation, it's unwatchable.

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Privacy alert: Outlook for iOS does security STUPIDLY, says dev

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Try Inbox Pro

iOS users could do worse than use the app called Inbox Pro, Outlook Edition. It's still pretty insecure, but at least it doesn't hoover up all your mail into the cloud.

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Does Big Tech hire white boys ahead of more skilled black people and/or women?

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Pinteresting employees aren't whiter than white

According to some stats I dredged up, Pinterest's workforce are 50% white and 42% Asian (there's no further breakdown into Indian, Chinese, Filipino, etc.). Those figures are remarkably close to the figures for San Francisco as a whole. Assuming the company mostly hires local workers, where is the problem?

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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It's the app store, stupid

Forget the browser - it's the app store that needs back-porting to Windows 7. Look at Google - they don't own the operating system, yet they've managed to get their app store (Chrome) installed on millions of PCs worldwide. It even works on Windows XP. Microsoft haven't a clue about strategy.

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HMRC fails to plan for £10.4bn contract exit... because it's 'too risky'

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£200 a head

How the fuck does a tax computer cost £200 per taxpayer?!

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IBM to cut '118k jobs worldwide' – report claims

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Axe the axe!

Seriously, find another image to decorate your articles. That one has been overused to the point of cliché now.

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Really?

"We’ve heard from people that they want to see fewer stories that are hoaxes..."

Are you sure, Zuck? Judging by how many people *like* and *share* these stories, it seems they very much do want to see them.

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Facebook poaches design talent from Toronto firm – fate of staff unknown

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Re: unclear if ...

Under NAFTA, most Canadians can already work in the USA without much difficulty. The fact that most choose not to implies that it's hardly equivalent to winning the lottery.

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Stop viewing Facebook at work says Facebook at work on Facebook at Work

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Linked Out?

It's just a clone of LinkedIn, surely?

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Lollipop licked: KitKat still king in Android land

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Not all Nexuses (Nexii?)

My Nexus 7 (2013) with 4G still hasn't received the upgrade. Only the Wifi-only model is on Lollipop.

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Dev put AWS keys on Github. Then BAD THINGS happened

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Re: What about pre-payment?

Because the last thing you want your customers to see is "Sorry, this site has been suspended because they didn't have enough credit in their account." People are wary enough about buying stuff on unknown websites, without having messages like that pop up.

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NoSQL pioneer to inject your database with ACID

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Vapourware

That's all very well, but I'll believe it when I see it.

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Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

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Re: No numpad?

Every 15" notebook? Not if it has an Apple logo on the back! Even the 17" MacBooks don't have a numpad.

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Magic streaming beans? Sure, have my cow - music biz

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Why do people keep buying CDs?

Because my car only has a CD player; and because I can afford to.

I have enough disposable income that it's just less faff to buy a CD. With any other method, I have to find blank CDs, fire up my dusty old computer that still has a CD burner, work out which illegal source of music hasn't been shut down this month, work out which illegal filesharing client software isn't pumped full of adware. Then I discover the ink in my CD-labelling pen has dried up, or the blank CDs themselves go wrong.

Yes, I could probably buy some MP3-playing gadget that I could wire into the car's CD player, although DIY isn't my forte. I suppose I could pay somebody at a garage to fit one. Or, much simpler, I could just keep buying CDs.

Then again, I'm talking about the kind of CDs you find near the tills in petrol stations. I don't think my purchases of Eddie Stobart's Keep On Truckin' are keeping the charts alive.

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El Reg's Giant Mobile Industry Roundup of 2014

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Tarred by their own brush

Android is also facing the other Windows fate: being judged by old versions of its own software. Microsoft did itself no favours by continuing to support XP into 2014: likewise, many Android users are stuck with Jelly Bean (or even Gingerbread) with no chance of future upgrades. When these buyers are shopping around for their next phone, they'll remember all the bugs in their current Android version. For all Apple's foibles, they've been incredibly good at supporting the latest OS on older hardware. As phone hardware matures and replacement cycles lengthen, Android's non-upgradeability* will increasingly tarnish its reputation.

(*Yes, tech-savvy Reg readers can install custom/hacked versions of the OS; but try getting your nan to do that.)

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: Social drinking

Yeah, how drunk do you have to be before you want to share your blood alcohol level with the whole world? I can just see Google's advertising networks salivating over this: little AdSense boxes suggesting curry parlours at 11pm and detox clinics the morning after. I'd rather keep my drinking habits out of the hands of big advertisers, thank you very much.

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TalkTalk eyes up Blinkbox for advanced FOURPLAY – report

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Tax advantages

There can be tax advantages to buying up a company which has a (hopefully temporary) large loss on its books.

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Euro iTunes customers get 14 DAY refund option

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Free movie rental!

What's stopping me from "buying" a film on iTunes, watching it a few times, then taking it back to the shop for a refund?

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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

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Protectionism

There's more than a hint of old-fashioned protectionism. We know that blocking imports of physical goods favours domestic producers. Similarly, blocking "imports" of online services also favours domestic companies. With the added benefit of being able to spy on them more easily.

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Hipsters ahoy! Top Ten BOARD games for festive family fun

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Re: £499?

"Spare cash" is part of the definition of hipster. They aren't your granddad's hippies: these guys all have jobs, hence at least some spare cash.

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Google Cloud gets 'snappy' with Ubuntu Core support

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App Store inception

So on one level we have the Docker Hub, a sort-of App Store (TM) for Docker. In that store you can download Ubuntu Core, in which you'll find Snappy, another App Store. In Snappy, you can download Docker.

It's turtles all the way down.

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Parallels to adopt Docker as native app format in Cloud Server

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Re: Docker flocker schmocker

I'm inclined to agree with Gordon 10. Looking through the Docker Hub, the most popular "apps" are Linux distros; ubiquitous server apps such as Apache, MySQL, WordPress; or languages such as Python, Ruby, Rails, PHP, Java, and Mono. Altogether these are more correctly described as platforms: they certainly aren't business apps that ordinary users would recognise. I suppose using a Docker image is a bit quicker than setting up a new virtual server and running apt-get, but it's not a huge difference.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Mobile

I know there's m.theregister.co.uk for mobile, but it would be nice if the main site would auto-scale for narrow screens.

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Car-crash IT: HUGE write-off for Universal Credit - PAC

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Re: Pretty good for public sector IT

Jane is on a zero-hours contract. Some weeks she works a full 40 hours a week; other weeks she works hardly any hours. Please write a computer system that adjusts her benefits every week to top up what she earns. Delays in payment are not allowed - she's struggling to get by as it is, so you can't leave her without money (whether wages or benefits) in any given week. If successful, send the £2bn invoice to Her Majesty's government.

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Re: Pretty good for public sector IT

No, you can't just give everyone £100 a week.

Different people are entitled to different benefits. A young single unemployed male living with his parents gets the basic Job Seekers' Allowance; a partially-disabled widow working part-time and living with her sister who also cares for her & three kids will get a very different set of benefits.

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Skinny Ubuntu Linux 'Snapped' up by fat Microsoft cloud

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Still too big

I remember fondly the days when a full OS could be booted from a single floppy disk. Where does the extra 109MB go? Is it all networking and multi-tasking?

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USB Forum submits itself to electrical probing

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Re: USB 3 is a disaster - WiFi and other wireless interference is awful

Only on 2.4GHz channels. No true Reg reader would use such a congested frequency, when there's a perfectly good 5GHz alternative.

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Intel buys Canadian ID-wrangler PasswordBox

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The master key to all your accounts

Another password manager app. Protect all your fiendishly hard-to-remember passwords with one single password. What could possibly go wrong?

Just replace "standards" with "passwords" in the comic: http://xkcd.com/927/

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BORGED! Expat moves from New Zealand to Norway to be acquired by Cisco

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FAQ

Could you ask a bit more about people's "stage in life" when they expatriate themselves? Are your interviewees aged 25 and childless, 40 with kids in tow, or 55 with kids all grown up? Expat life can be great, certainly, but I assume there's a golden age where you have globally-marketable skills (not too young) and a sufficient lack of home attachments (not too old / no kids). Or am I over-simplifying things?

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'Watson AI, cloud, mobile', says payments firm, trousering £49m

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Is Monetise in Jeopardy?

Why would you use a natural-language question-answering computer for a mobile payments business?

Coming next week: KPMG audits your accounts using fuzzy logic; and Cisco designs your network by copying a live spider's web patterns.

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Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION

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The first rule of software development...

... is to always have a more powerful computer than your end users. You need more RAM (to hold your IDE, your debugger, and your app itself); you need more power (to compile quickly); and you need more screen real estate (to see the app you're working on and your IDE around it / on a second screen).

Using a tablet as a thin client to a remote desktop or command-line terminal is only acceptable in emergencies, such as if you're on holiday and it's the only computer you have with you.

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Universal Credit CRISIS: Up to £200m in IT spend WASTED – NAO

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Re: The NAO might be waiting a fair old while...

Non-IT projects manage to set deadlines, and often stick to them.

Heathrow Terminal 5 opened on time and on budget; and that was a £4.3bn project. Why on earth can government not improve its own project management?

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Yes, UK. REST OF EUROPE has better mobe services than you

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Incoming calls matter too

One important metric they've missed is the percentage of incoming calls succeeding. My experience with O2 is that an awful lot of incoming calls don't connect. I get voicemail messages without my phone ever ringing, even when I'm sat at my desk and the phone has four bars of signal.

For anyone running a business from their mobile, missing a call from a client can be a deal-breaker. This is particularly the case for small businesses with many clients: mobile hairdressers, painters & decorators, etc.; but it's also very frustrating when you're job-hunting and expecting calls from potential offers.

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BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity

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It's cheap to try

Personally I'd like fewer fatties in my neighbourhood despite the cost: they take up two seats on the bus, they walk too slowly, and they offend my eyes. I'm sure you could put a figure on the pain I suffer, in QALYs, of having to see fat people.

At the same time, quite a few of McKinsey's 77 solutions are no-cost or negligible-cost. Perhaps it's worth trying the half-dozen cheapest solutions? And what can we learn from elsewhere? The Danes banned trans-fat: how is that working out for them?

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You'll go APE for our new Gorilla Glass 4, Corning reckons

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Pretty cool

Yes it's an advert, but it's pretty damn cool, and I learned a bit of science.

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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Re: Does your job suck?

Tips? When did you last tip a bus driver? (Or tube driver, train driver, airplane pilot, whatever form of public transport you last used to get to work.)

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