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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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More privileges?

"allowing electric cars to drive in bus lanes"

Electric cars already get tons of favours, in particular a £5k bung to buy the damn thing in the first place. Subsidised parking, worth another £5k a year in central London, is an obscene amount of money to shovel at them. I can't possibly see how you justify letting them drive in bus lanes too.

Besides, private cars are hardly the biggest cause of air pollution in the capital. The few people rich enough to drive and park in central London generally have newer and well-maintained cars. As a pedestrian and occasional cyclist, it's the taxis and white vans which make me cough and splutter the most.

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Israel develops wireless-malware-injection-by-smartmobe tool

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Sowing confusion

In WWII, the Brits had radar and the Germans didn't. Allegedly the Brits told the Germans that they had better eyesight because they are lots of carrots.

This story is similar smoke & mirrors. It draws your attention away from the real vector of infection, which as other commenters state was most likely plain old USB sticks and a brown envelope stuffed with banknotes to gain access.

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Could you make a Google-grade data center OS? For $10.5m?

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I got downvoted to hell last time for pointing this out, but yes there's increasingly a blurring of the boundaries between a VM and a plain old multi-tasking OS.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: errr..

Yes, it's the exact same car.

I recently drove the in-laws from London to Windsor and back in an '11-plate rented i-Miev (Hertz 24/7 have a couple of them). The silence is golden at low speed, but there's a considerable amount of road noise above 35mph. Contrary to the article, I found the handling to be fairly poor. For my own money I'd rather have a hybrid: you get the same silence at low speed, the same handy automatic gearbox for town driving, and of course the reassuring backup of a petrol engine.

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Migrating to Windows Server 2012

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I can just about cope with the absence of a Start menu on a touchscreen laptop. But on a server?

You can take my Windows Server 2008 R2 when you pry it out of my cold dead hands!

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DOCX disaster recovery: How I rescued my wife from XM-HELL

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Re: Proper version control

Actually it could support diffs, as long as the tool can handle zipped files. Office 2007+ files are just zipped XML, and you can diff the XML alone quite easily.

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YOU - NASA. Enough with the ROBOTS, get some PEOPLE to MARS

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Humans > robots?

What can a human do on Mars that a robot can't? It's safer and far cheaper to send robots, as we have been doing. The only reason to send humans is for PR.

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German server lockbox scores MEELLION dollar seed-smashing record

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And the clients?

So you've successfully encrypted your server; but what happens when you access your files or emails from your compromised Windows or Android client? Or does your small business run exclusively on Linux?

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Queen's Speech: Computer Misuse Act to be amended, tougher sentences planned

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Re: Shark Jumped!

I have the recipe for Haribo sweets, a magazine for puppy owners, and a Haynes book for my white van. Would this constitute a paedo manual?

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Microsoft lobs Files app at WinPhone users with lots of ... uh ... files

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Apple

iOS seems to cope fine without any kind of file manager. In fact that's almost it's unique selling proposition: not having to worry about where your files are.

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WORLD HISTORY in SELFIES: So AMAZEBALLS your EYES will EXPLODE

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Not up to scratch

Come on Reg, you can do better than this! The pliers and the cat 5 cables were brilliant. This is just some kid's first lame attempt at a listicle.

Also, on the mobile site the pictures come out squashed (at least on iPhone).

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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Given that a Chromecast dongle costs just £30, the price of a YouView box is hard to justify.

(Yes it's hidden in the contract cost, but it's still a cost.)

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Back to the Future?

Virtualisation, containerisation - isn't it just multitasking? How is this different from what my 386 DX could do nearly 30 years ago?

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Google staggers toward BEEELLION-dollar Twitch gobble - report

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Re: God no...

"After consultation with young people of Vulture South's acquaintance it seems sensible to conclude watching other people playing games Is A Thing"

No. Just no. This is Brave New World's soma, or a virtual opium. It's even worse than watching Jackass or ancient repeats of Columbo. I despair for mankind.

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WORLD LOSES MIND: Uber valued at TEN BEEELLION DOLLARS, Pinterest pegged at $5bn

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But Google was/is actually a better search engine. Uber doesn't seem to offer any advantage over the competition. Or does it?

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I understand Uber emerged from Silicon Valley and is therefore automatically better, but how is it actually better than e.g. Kabbee, Minicabster, ubiCabs, minicabit, Bounce or dozens of other minicab comparison apps, let alone the operators own apps (Addison Lee, Green Tomato, etc.)?

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Builder could lose golden ticket to Google's King Cross chocolate factory

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Just not big enough

It does seem strange to put a low-rise building on such a valuable prime central location. Presumably their new plans will be taller.

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Cameras for hacks: Idiot-proof suggestions invited

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+1 on the PowerShot. Perhaps not as rugged as you'd like, but produces great pictures for it's size.

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How Google's Android Silver could become 'Wintel for phones'

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This is evolution 101.

This always happens as technology advances. When the first cars where being made, there were tens of thousands of companies in Britain alone making cars, engines, gearboxes, seats, bodies, custom paint jobs, and the rest. Today we're reduced to a handful of global giants. The same happened in pharma, it happened a bit in banking post-2008, and now it's happening in mobiles. I daresay Chromecast is eating all the competing TV dongles too.

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Look out, sysadmins - HOT FOREIGN SPIES are targeting you

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They're already here

Since our IT department consists 80% of foreign nationals, I think we're already wide open.

This seems to be the norm, at least in London and the southeast.

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Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Yep, must have been flying at 65,536 feet :)

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Danger, Will Robinson! Beware the hidden perils of BYOD

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Work on a train requires local copy

If you want your users to be able to work on a train, they need a local copy of the data. That's a fundamental constraint. Thin-client solutions like Citrix simply aren't usable over 3G/4G networks while moving through tunnels and railway cuttings; even Outlook Web Access can be torture.

This means documents on the client device must be stored in encrypted form. BitLocker is suitable on Windows, but I'm not aware of any equivalent on Android or iOS.

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Aah, that warm sharing feeling. Just don't let the cloud rain on your firm

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"How do you prevent an army of users with data on their own phones and tablets from strolling off with your intellectual property? The answer is mobile device management (MDM)."

MDM is a solution looking for a problem. Anyone with half a brain who plans to leave the company will already have a USB drive full of all the important documents and emails they need, regardless of whether it's against company policy. Remotely deleting their email app is merely closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Congestion

On the down side, congestion will get far worse once self-driving cars go mainstream. I wouldn't put up with a 90-minute stressful commute by car; but I would be much happier with 90 minutes sitting in the back seat, doing some work, writing emails, etc. If everyone else has the same reasoning, traffic volumes will increase dramatically.

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Look behind you, 'declining' sub-$5bn iPod. The iWatch has come... to EAT YOU

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Re: Watch for music - headphones?

I'm still waiting for the iPendant. It places the tiny iPod hardware in a pendant around your neck. It's the same location as the volume controls on the standard iPod headphone cable, so we're already used to having buttons there. The display would be upside-down like a nurse's watch.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Bring the App Store to Windows 7!

As a developer, I want to target as many potential customers as possible. If the app store were available on Windows 7, and had been from the start, then we'd have seen a much greater uptake.

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