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Brexit-fearing Vodafone: Of course we’ll make money from 4G

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Blocked by default

Porn is blocked on UK mobile networks by default, and many users shy away from requesting an unblock. So it may be true that Pornhub has a lot of users viewing on mobile devices, but they'll be on Wifi, not 3G/4G.

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NHS Scotland to refresh creaking, 25-year-old apps

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Can't be too hard

A twenty-five year old system must surely be incredibly basic - the state of the art desktop computer back then was the Intel 486DX. Replicating that functionality with modern tools will be quite straightforward.

Of course then some idiot will come along and add tons of superfluous features, and ten years down the line they'll be tendering for the replacement of a thirty-five year old system.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Re: No need to worry

Most cars reach 30mph on urban commutes, even if their average speed over the whole journey is just 10mph. City driving is largely start-stop: bursts of 30mph when the light turns green, followed by 0mph when the next light is red.

Cyclists often make the same mistake: assuming that because they can hit 12mph, they'll be faster than car drivers averaging 10mph. But cyclists are also doing 0mph at red lights, so their average journey speed is just 4mph.

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Google to extend Hyderabad office into first non-US campus

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I should have used the </sarcasm> tag.

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Will the Hyderabad office suffer from the same problems of lack of diversity that befall the Mountain View office? Or will they manage to recruit in even numbers across the castes, religions, and sexes?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Ofcom in the Internet age?

What can Ofcom do to clamp down on foreign hate preachers broadcasting over the internet? Lots of noises, not much concrete action.

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Don't look now: Fujitsu ships new mobe with EYEBALL-scanning security

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Standard biometric flaw

Can you just use a photo of your iris? Because that's really not secure at all.

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Why Joe Hockey's Oz tax proposals only get five out of 10

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Politicians don't do delayed gratification

"The tax system really does get its slice, eventually"

That's not good enough. Our beloved leaders want their slice now, up front, so that they can deliver on their wild promises to the electorate. If they don't get their hands on the money, or at least show that they're making an effort, they won't be re-elected.

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Enjoying the Spring? Microsoft has 13 ways to fix that

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Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 will enjoy security updates until 2023. Sysadmins aren't going to be made redundant for a while yet.

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Amazon creating 500 ‘fulfilling’ jobs in the UK

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Re: So...

This is relevant in that Amazon has a reputation for poor industrial relations. In other words, applicant beware.

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Microsoft Azure – or how to make the public cloud work for you

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Thanks Trevor. I was very much of the same opinion as you before working with Azure. Old-school IT folk are scared of it partly because it threatens to make their specialist skills redundant - you no longer need to know about that obscure IIS machine.config file setting, or whatever your particular angle is.

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You've just woken from a 3-year coma. Cloud is everywhere. So how are you gonna make your millions and retire?

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White labels

I can see the value in an app store for cloud-based services, but as a consumer I have mixed feelings about white-labelling services.

For example look at PC World's cloud-based backup service KnowHow, actually provided by LiveDrive. If you buy it direct from LiveDrive you only run the risk of one company going tits-up; whereas if you buy it from PC World then you're exposed to twice the risk. Obviously it's a good synergy for both LiveDrive and PC World, but the poor consumer often gets passed from pillar to post trying to resolve any issues.

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EC probe into murky cross border e-commerce kicks off

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Exchange fees too

Some of us have debit or credit cards which charge exorbitant fees on foreign currency transactions. Take the humble Halifax debit card: £1.50 flat fee per transaction plus 2.75% percentage fee. That rather takes the shine off a lot of smaller transactions.

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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Pi might be enough

For many use cases, a cheap home-based Raspberry Pi is enough. Sure, the hardware is basic and your domestic broadband is slow; but the sheer quantity of other users means there's a hell of lot of support out there. For those just dabbling and not sure if they want to go further, a Pi is a great place to start.

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Windows 10 bombshell: Microsoft to KILL OFF Patch Tuesday

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Just like Windows Phone

"Google takes no responsibility to update customer devices, and refuses to take responsibility to update their devices..."

Microsoft did the same with Lumia devices running Windows Phone 7.x: no upgrades to Windows 8. They really can't claim some sort of moral high ground here.

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Backing the wrong horse

But we know HTTPS is flawed: the certificate authorities can't be trusted. By all means encourage website owners to improve their security and/or privacy, but not like this.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Weekend

World's first Starbucks and a floating bridge? Come on, there must be more than that to do in Seattle. What do *you* do at the weekend there?

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UK exam board wants kids to be able to Google answers

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The clue is in the name, Open Book. Not phone-a-friend (Facebook), not ask-the-audience (Twitter). For exam purposes you'd need a whitelist of acceptable resources. It's an awful lot of effort on the part of the examiners, with the aim of solving a problem which hasn't been proven to exist.

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Visual Studio running on OS X and Linux for free? SO close

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It seems that Developer Tools unit within Microsoft have their own agenda, separate from head office. Their goal is to ensure survival of their own product (and thus their jobs) even if Windows goes down. Don't tell Nadella.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

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What I want from NFC phone payments

I'd like the amount to pop up on the screen, together with green and red approve/reject buttons. The most aggravating thing about contactless is that you often don't see how much you're being charged; or that it is shown, but only on a tiny screen which isn't well-positioned or well-lit. You have to trust that the person operating the till correctly typed in £1.95 and not £19.95; or that they only charged you for your beer and not for somebody else's whole round.

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Surveillance, broadband, zero hours: Tech policy in a UK hung Parliament

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> "If you want to vote for [...] having all the tech firms in the south-east, you’re out of luck."

Aren't most tech firms still in the south-east?

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Trading Standards pokes Amazon over 'libellous' review

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So Trading Standards has no powers either, other than to politely ask Amazon to "reconsider its refusal". That doesn't bode well.

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: SSL version

For my https-only server, this works:

curl -I -v https://my.server.name/realfile.png -H "Range: bytes=0-18446744073709551615"

(The file requested must actually exist.)

Before patching it replied "HTTP/1.1 416 Requested Range Not Satisfiable"

After patching it replied "HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request"

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Android lands on Microsoft's money-machine island fortress

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QNX surely?

Why didn't they choose QNX? It's specifically designed for the embedded market.

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Motorola's 5-incher finds the G-spot: Moto G 4G budget Android smartie

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Compared to Nexus 5

For similar money you could pick up a nearly-new Nexus 5, which would be better than this in all aspects except perhaps the speakers.

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Non-American nerds jam immigration pleading for right to live in the US

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Re: Microsoft is dumping 18k workers

People aren't fungible. The ex-Microsoftees are jaded middle-aged workers, accustomed to working 9 to 5 on a decent salary with decent healthcare provision. Companies would much rather hire naive young workers, willing to work 24/7 for peanuts and minimal healthcare coverage. If you were a CEO, which would you choose?

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Dailymotion staying VousTube thanks to Vivendi offer

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DailyMotion: the place to go if the video you want has been blocked by YouTube.

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Ex-XIV execs expeditiously exit to expectant E8

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Tech takeovers - who really benefits?

So you've developed a new product, one which (in the current storage environment) is "new" for about three months. You sell out quickly to a big company, take the money, and run; leaving them with a rapidly-depreciating product and no staff who know how it works. After a year the product is discontinued, support ends, and customers are shafted. IBM tries to persuade customers to "upgrade" to the latest shiny storage product and this time the customer tells them where to shove it. Neither IBM's shareholders nor their customers benefit. Meanwhile the startup's founders rinse and repeat, while laughing all the way to the bank.

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Mozilla project spits out threat modelling tool for sysadmins

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Have you tried using it? It works, but I can't help but feel that a desktop version would have been much easier to use.

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Think server vulns are the IT department's problem? Think again

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Attack surface

"Use more than one technology: A single vendor cannot cover everything and represents a weak link in your security chain."

For security products perhaps; but the inverse is true for the rest. If you only run e.g. Windows, your network will only be exposed to its vulnerabilities; whereas if half the office has Apples or *nix variants, your network is exposed to all their foibles too. Same applies if e.g. half the company uses Chrome and the other half uses Firefox.

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Pope may be Catholic

Small countries have less bureaucracy than big countries. (Usually.)

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Pure CEO dons cheerleader outfit, harangues world, dog

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Pure

They make nice DAB radios too.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Not just Outlook

All email clients have an autocomplete functionality. Outlook was the tool in use on this occasion, but I've seen the same mistake made in other clients, in web-based mail, in phone apps, etc.

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GitHub jammed by injected JavaScript, servers whacked by DDoS

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> "the San Francisco-based startup said"

GitHub has been going since 2008 - the "startup" label no longer applies.

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How tech bosses manage their teams for fun and profit

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> "the one-hour interview [...] is still the norm"

Try telephone pre-screening. Saves a lot of time, particularly for the interviewees.

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Can your code survive crappy 2G? This open-source traffic controller will test it

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Speed vs security

Unfortunately one of the biggest bottlenecks on pre-3G speeds is the HTTPS handshake setup time. By the time client and server have agreed on encryption protocol and keys, you've already used several seconds.

It's not too bad for apps, but it is particularly problematic for secure websites which grab resources from many different sites: each host needs a new HTTPS handshake, and you can't have any HTTP or the browser complains about insecure content. Without 3G you really need a browser like Opera Mini which renders content remotely.

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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One and only

This can only work if there's just one robot, and preferably just for the manager. You can drive around the remote office, see who is in, see who is chatting to who, and cut in for a quick chat yourself. But once your employees have robots too, the system falls apart. Are they really at their desk, or is that just where they last parked their robot? How can you tell if they're chatting on the phone, if you can't see the handset glued to their ear? You can't even tell if they're actually working or just surfing Robot News Daily. Ultimately the damn thing is going to spend most of its time parked at its desk, so it's a waste of money.

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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Re: Still fair compared to other countries...

And where exactly does a 17 year old find £40,000 to pay the fine?

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UK.gov crackpots: Let's build vapourware-based sharing economy CITIES

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Sharing

> a UK "sharing city", shared transport, shared office space ...

That gives me an idea for a Bong! venture: Needlr, the needle-sharing app for sophisticated heroin users.

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Windows 10 build 10041: 99 bugs on the wall, fix a bug, add a feature, 114 bugs on the wall

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A/B testing

If scenario A is the classic Windows desktop, and scenario B is the Metro interface, I can guess which one will win...

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Apple's portable power podule patent promises paroxysms of fanboi joy

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Patent madness

I can't patent the fuel cell (already exists) and I can't patent the smartphone, but I can plug one into the other and suddenly it's patentable?

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Osbo: Choose a f*cking IoT fridge. Choose spirit-crushing driverless cars

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The Lads from Lagos will Like this

> Millions of individuals will have the information the Revenue needs automatically uploaded into new digital tax accounts.

I look forward to the emails from HMRC's outsourced office in Lagos telling me how to register for the new system.

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Hackers' delight? New Apple wrist-puter gives securobods the FEAR

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Productivity

"They present a huge opportunity for productivity..."

I notice he didn't provide any examples.

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Apple Watch: HOT WRIST ACTION plus slim $1299 MacBooks - and HBO TV

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"... Apple has no problem finding our phone number [...] when we're ABOUT TO write some bad news about them ..."

How on earth do they know you're about to write a bad story? Are they in cahoots with the NSA? Do you write all your stories on Apple computers which have a built-in backdoor to Cupertino and a keyword detector? ("fanboi" must set it off)

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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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