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2251 posts • joined 15 Jul 2010

NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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Re: @Sony

Sony is an overpriced brand riding on their years decades past accomplishments and name recognition.

It is really very sad. I remember when they broke into the western market with superior and cheaper radios and TVs back in the late 1960s and early 1970s and dominated for the next 30 years, then lost their way in the late 1990s.

"No baloney, it's a Sony!"

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: <s>Penetration</s> Testing the System .... Out of this World Style

Exactly Jack. Exactly.

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Re: Mightier than the sword

Exactly Pete 2. Privatize the profits, socialize the losses.

Same old story.

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Pagers shout data center creds, pop star airport arrivals

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Good find.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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Re: improvement?

"The same functionality, except now your car plays U2 songs whenever you try to unlock it."

POTD!

Upvoted.

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Re: Revenge

It will be the natural course of events.

I refer you to: Already Been Proven Practical

http://www.zdnet.com/hackers-steal-keyless-bmw-in-under-3-minutes-video-7000000507/

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2011/08/19/hacked-in-60-seconds-thieves-could-steal-cars-via-text-messages/

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/thieves-steals-cars-with-a-click-of-the-computer-instead-of-force/story-fni0fit3-1227055881485?nk=74f952d29eb2b781fea3deaec80e90ec

The search results already run into several pages with mostly unique returns.

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Still holding to my prediciton

When I predicted that the more cars become part of the Internet of Stupid Things the easier they will be to steal and burgle, I didn't realize some fucking dumbasses would try to make it even easier.

Yes, I know keyless entry and start have been around for a few years now, but this IS Apple we're talking about. You know, iCloud, China? Those guys.

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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Re: Here are the latest headlines at ten.

You jest, but the probability approaches 100%.

And that's NO joke.

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APPLE support doc CONFIRMS 'ORGANIZED NETWORK ATTACKS'

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How do you say?

"pwned" in Chinese?

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Lufthansa tosses IT biz to Big Blue, inks outsource deal with IBM

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FAIL

Tell me this a joke.

Please tell me this a joke.

They are so fucked. Even with Germany's strong regulations on corporations, IBM will still screw them.

I hope I'm wrong. Lufthansa was once a well repsected company by its customers.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: Why ?

Simple: Ireland doesn't, but the stockholders in Ireland do, not to mention offbook, under-the-table kickbacks and other "perks" and favors to the politicians.

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Re: @AC "one-man show"

Alistair nails it.

If I could only upvote you more than once.

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Guns don't scare people, hackers do: Americans fear identity theft more than shooting sprees

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Re: The media strikes again!

"Many would see living in helplessness as being worse than death."

Because it is.

As for the fear of identity theft, it's quite real. As we've seen, this happens literally millions of times each year.

Even in the US, being shot by a gun in ANY situation only happens thousands of times each year. That's still a high number, but only a small fraction compared to identity theft. It takes weeks and often months to get it sorted out. Meanwhile, there are bills to be paid and they don't care about your problems, no matter who caused them.

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OnePlus One cut-price Android phone on sale to all... for 1 HOUR

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Created by the same marketing droids that think "affordable" doesn't mean "still overpriced" to the rest of us peons

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Peak Stupid?

"Some gleefully destroyed their current, only to find they hadn't won the replacement.

Oh we went WAY past peak stupid a long, long time ago. It was sometime around the Thatcher/Reagan era, I believe.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Re: Whisper?

Remember PointCast? MySpacce?

Yeah. I'm with you. Most of them are just pump and dump vehicles for the well connected.

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BRAVO!!!

Command performance right there!

STANDING OVATION!

Oh, and fuck them.

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Carders punch holes through Staples

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Re: Bought something at Staples

Did you try Shelly's Sea Shells by the seashore? Sometime they carry shtaples.

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Re: Simple solution

There's something about "progress" that screams "commie plot" to the average American and "capital expenditure with no immediate profit to me, er, the shareholders" to the average CEO.

Too bad that wasn't sarcasm.

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How dare you disparage them! They paid good money for that stock response!

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The fun never ends!

Alrighty! Any bets on next week's victim(s)?

The categories are: gov, retail, financial

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MARS NEEDS WOMEN, claims NASA pseudo 'naut: They eat less

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Outstanding title!

What a classic title!

"Greene, the crew writer for one of NASA’s HI-SEAS (Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation)"

Nice work if you can it.

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Migrate to the cloud and watch your business take flight

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Re: Oops?

Yeah, Kev beat me too it as well.

First thing that came to mind. "Take flight" indeed.

Everyone upvoted.

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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

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Ossified

They are ossified.

Of course it's well known I have very little respect for IBM these days, along with thousands of others.

The only bright spot I see at IBM is their Tivoli family of software. From storage to desktop support tools, it's pretty decent kit. Is there better? Of course, but Tivoli tools are actually not bad at all for general everyday use. These days, that's saying a lot.

Oh, and the fact that they've switched their employees' desktops to Linux. That really quite surprised and impressed me.

Other than that, they are a petrified turd.

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How to get $542m from Google: Dress as a SPACEMAN with dayglo dancers – Magic Leap

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Re: "wearable computing systems"

POTD, Cliff.

Upvoted.

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No product or revenue?

"Magic Leap is based down in Florida, and has no products, revenue, or public business plan, as far as we can tell."

Hmmm, this somehow sounds familiar. Where I heard of this before?

Oh! But why would they need any of those things when all you really need in this life is the right connections? Which apparently they have.

Wait. What?! Florida? Uh oh. You might want to keep an eye on this one, El Reg. Florida is known as the scam capital of the nation in the US. (outside of Wall St and Hollywood that is)

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China is ALREADY spying on Apple iCloud users, claims watchdog

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Surprise Surprise

Surprise Surprise

(go on, click it)

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Much ado about nothing

Learning is always more effective and attractive when it's fun (barring life and death lessons that need to be learned)

I'm all for opening up the potential pool of techs and programmers any way that can be done. Anything, ANYTHING, to lessen the numbers of alpha basement bois and programmer hacks. ("hacks" as in bad writers)

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Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...

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Re: Econimics as a fashion item?

I worship no deity nor cult of personality. Yes, I know. I'm odd.

Buddha was wrong. But if I remember Siddhartha correctly, wasn't he very, very rich at one time? Ah. So.

But hey, if you think he was right, go ahead try to feed and shelter yourself relying solely on the generosity of your fellow humans for more than a few days or weeks. I dare you. It can be done, but you would still be a statistical outlier. A very FAR outlier.

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Re: Econimics as a fashion item?

Heh! Good way of looking at it. Upvoted.

How many times have we heard the well-off say "money doesn't matter?" Only an idiot would ever say such a thing. The kind of idiot that thinks everything is just the fashion of the moment.

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Re: animated gif at side of screen

Thank you!!!!!!

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Happiness?

It's all double-plus good!

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Human spacecraft dodge COMET CHUNKS pelting off Mars

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Dodgeball!

INNN. SSSPPAACCEE!!!

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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AFP?

It took me a couple of reads to realize it was the AFP, not the FBI, although I still don't see any difference.

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You can crunch it all you like, but the answer is NOT always in the data

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Holmes

There is phrase for this

A perfectly apt phrase. Coined long before all things digital. IIRC, even before all things electric.

"The map is not the terrain."

How simple is that?

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: That had me worried

So THAT'S all those UFOs were! Maintenance 'bots! Well now we know!

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

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Re: whisper words

Exactly, Speltier. Exactly.

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Re: Out of proportion

Well said, calumg.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Beat me to it.

Upvoted.

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I had an issue like this a few months ago. Turns out it was something that had anonymously (hidden) piggybacked on an install I had done and it took me a day to track it down and uninstall it.

It was some kind of beacon/redirector/tracker thing and was causing some of my "everyday" websites to load very slowly.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: That is some serious stupid right there

P.S. I use a pair of plastic $9 TDK HP 100 headphones myself. Had them for over 5 years now. Only had to replace the ear foam once. Best damn cheap headphones I've ever heard. My test was using them while listening to music that I know every pop crackle to that I've heard literally over a thousand times over the last 3 decades. I'd buy another pair in a split second if I could find them on the shelf.

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That is some serious stupid right there

Apple bought out Beats for stupid money and kicks out the obviously superior product (*Bose) in both a retaliatory and anti-competitive move.

Wow. Just... wow.

(* yes, yes, I know there are better and cheaper products out there than Bose, but Beats are not it)

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

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Another humorous and entertaining article, but...

...if you expect me to believe that software is ever tested on end users before shipping, welI, I wasn't born yesterday you know!

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Re: Re-read the klingon software development guide

OK, that was funny!

Upvoted.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Never seen the point in mobile enabled tablets

Tried looking at schematics, blueprints and spreadsheets on a phone every day? A phone will do in a pinch, but is unacceptable for every day mission critical situations.

I know for a fact that tablets are now the preferred choice for field techs of most of the largest companies in the world. Field tech who go places where ONLY a phone signal is available and 3G is luxury.

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Re: considering...

That's the first rule of most businesses these days. Create the problem, even if you have to buy politicians to do it and then sell the solution.

And by create, I mean literally. Most of life's little problems were solved in the last century but most the solutions were manufactured as cheap as possible by planned obsolescence.

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Trying hard to feel sympathy for mobile operators

Nope. Nothing. Couldn't happen to a more deserving bunch.

But will the new boss be the same as the old boss?

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Man, that iPhone 6 Plus won't fit in my pocket. Oh, here's a mobe store that'll resize my jeans

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Good for them!

Good for them. I still thinking carrying something that big in your pocket is a stupid idea, but I love these guys for being quick and innovative.

That said, I really think clothing should have long since adapted to carry electronics. There is NO reason it can't be just as stylish.

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Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)

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Re: Don't mess with Texas?

I lived in Texas for a few decades and I can attest it's worse than AC describes.

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Make life easy for yourself when you move to the cloud

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The cloud again?

The cloud is not only the dumbest security move you could ever make, but it really, really, isn't ready for prime time yet either.

Synchronizations? If you're lucky. Fast access? Only if you got really fat pipes. User and admin interface? Don't make me laugh. A kid with crayons could do better. Reliable storage? Comes with a unicorn.

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